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It finally happened.  I knew it was only a matter of time.  We were digging a hole to stick our new umbrella clothesline in when this dialogue took place:

Bekah: Mommy did you swallow some dirt when God made me?

Me: Did I swalllow some dirt?

Bekah:  Well, God made Adam from dirt, so did you swallow some dirt and did it go down your throat to your tummy and God made me from there?

I start digging a little more intently, wondering how far this exchange will go.

Me: Wow, that’s a really interesting thought.  It does kinda make sense, but babies are made a bit differently than Adam was.  Hey, wanna jump on the trampoline with me for a while?

Bekah: Sure!

Whew.  But did I miss a good chance to commence “the talk?”  She is only six (a very smart six), but really, six seemed too young.  I’m sure it won’t be my only chance to speak of those birdies and bees.  It’s amazing what comes up while doing simple little homesteading activities together.  🙂
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Drought weights the trees, and from the farmhouse eaves
The locust, pulse-beat of the summer day,
Throbs; and the lane, that shambles under leaves
Limp with the heat–a league of rutty way –
Is lost in dust; and sultry scents of hay
Breathe from the panting meadows heaped with sheaves.

– from "The Rain-Crow" by Madison Cawein (1865 – 1914)


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