Lights out at 8.15 pm. Next 15 – 20 minutes is the time when the kids talk about whatever is on their mind before they drift off to sleep. Yesterday, the conversation flowed like this,
“Papa, Men have sperms and Women have eggs.”
“Who told you!?”
“Sperms cannot live in the air.”
“Who told you!!?”
“When the sperm meets the egg, baby is made.”
“Who told you !!!?”
Tunmun starts to speak something and I shoo her down. I am curious about how much Venky knows. I am more curious about what Vibhu is going to answer. Silently, I am thankful that Vibhu is on the firing line.
“Actually, when it meets a tiny thing is formed first. It’s called .. emb.. emb..”
“Yes, embryo. That grows into a baby.”
“WHO TOLD YOU?”
“I read it in my encyclopedia Papa.”
“So, the sperm is in the man and egg in the woman. How do they meet?”
“Uh… there are techniques….”
Tunmun decides at that point that she has had enough of being sidelined. She interrupts her father and he readily switches his attention to her. Venky gets distracted too. As Tunmun blabbers her own story, Vibhu looks at me and says,
Dear netizens, please F1. I am looking for appropriate answers to give to a 7 year old. Also, if you see your child with his/her nose into a science encyclopedia, well.. better be prepared for the “birds and bees” questions coming your way.