Monday, July 07, 2008

"I have an existential map; it has 'You are here' written all over it."

Great parenting moment #167,356:

The boys and I are on our way to a Spiderman birthday party.

Primo asks me, out of the blue, from the backseat, "Mom? Why are we here? I mean, what's the point of living if you're just going to die anyway?"

"Welllll..." I begin slowly, "I believe that we are here to enjoy life. To love the people you're with. To make your little bit of the earth a better place, and maybe have some fun while you're doing that."

Primo looks dubious.

"I'm not sure..." he says.

And I snap, "Well, then, ask your father!"


*Stephen Wright


delta said...

Rock on, baby! Rock on!

Dispaches from the Big Strange said...

I don’t know, but what’s wrong with saying, “There really isn’t a point, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying yourself.” I never understand why people think if there isn’t a point or some higher power watching over us society will just degenerate into Lord of the Flies. I haven’t thought there is a point to life or a higher power for over a decade and it’s never stopped me from doing the right thing. On the other hand… drugs and alcohol occasionally have stopped me but whatever.

Suse said...


Love it.

Joke said...

I really think Sesame Street really blew it with their "N is for nihilism" thing.

I'm just saying.


BabelBabe said...

well, that IS sorta what i said, isnt it - i didnt pull the higher power thing, i let all the responsibility land squarely in his lap - and, um, H's.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

He is going to be your goth teen. Start picking out piercings you like and telling him he may NEVER get them.

Velma said...

My 5 year old is obsessed with the death of Jesse Helms today (he read the headline over my shoulder) which has led to a BILLION questions about exactly how long Jesse Helms will be dead for... "A year? 10,000 years?" Yargh. I am having a hard time not telling him all sorts of inappropriate-for-kindergarden things today.

Dispaches from the Big Strange said...

Yea... I think most of it landed in H's.

Sarah Louise said...

I can totally see Primo dropping that one on your lap and then not believing your answer. He is such a thinker!!

Love the quote.