Survival of the Fittest

Julianna (the seven-year-old): Daddy, did the first person come from a fish?
Me: Oh, Wow! Great question… Um, Complicated question.
J: ’cause I saw on the Science Channel that he did.
Me: Hmmm. Well, have you ever heard of “evolution?”
J: No.
Me: Crap.

Me (continuing): Ok, sometimes plants and animals change very gradually over many, many years… I’m losing you here, right?
J: Yeah… Well, but, could you explain it so a kid could understand…
Me: How old are you again?
J: Seven.

At this point, I consider the easy way out: It was God. (But, that’s a can of worms.) Instead, I opt for the easiest way out…

Me: You’ll have to ask your teacher, Sweety. (Before you judge, bear in mind we were cruising down the freeway at 65 miles per hour. Not a great place for the discussion of Darwinian theory.)

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