2 Conversations with a Kindergartener

Will it grow?

Will it grow?

Conversation #1:

If you put that flower in the ground, it’ll never grow.

Because it doesn’t have a root ball.

Huh? Oranges? No, not a fruit ball. A root ball. That’s how plants get their nutrients from the soil.

Nutrients are…well, it just won’t grow. Believe me.

No, I’m not a hater. We can go to the plant store and then you can grow some things in the yard.

No, not right now. Maybe next weekend.

Sweetheart, it hurts the plant when you pick the leaves off.

Stop picking the leaves off the plant.

Stop. Stop. STOP picking the leaves off the plant.

Yes, that hole is deep enough.


Those leaves look lovely.

Do I think they’ll grow? Well…we’ll see!

Wait! Stop! That’s a really big branch!

Ok…yes…dig a bigger hole. Very nice.

Well, this isn’t really how you plant things.

Yes, like daddy says, you can’t chop your arm off and grow a new person.

No one would want to chop your arm off.

Don’t worry about it.


Just keep planting.

You’re doing fine.

Yes, maybe they will grow. We’ll see, ok?


Conversation #2:

Daughter takes me to a fully grown plant that was already growing in the yard.

Look mommy! This completely different plant grew from what I planted yesterday. See? You were wrong. I was right. Don’t tell me what I can’t do. I’m 15 years old and I make my own rules! Well, almost 6 is close enough. I’ll be 15 in well…let me check…well, this year, then one year, then 2 year, then 5 year, then 6 year…wait…this year, then 6 year, then……………..don’t rush me!


Yes, indeed.

21 Comments on “2 Conversations with a Kindergartener

  1. I love how their minds jump around! But you’re reminding me of the days of “why.” At least 25 why’s before we got to an end point:).


    • That’s so true! I swore I’d never say, “Because I said so,” but sometimes I can’t come up with anything else. If my kids don’t like my answer they tell me to Google it. 😉


  2. How awesome is this?! “Don’t tell me what I can’t do.” I’m certain you’re tending to that fiesty root ball with so much love and courage — how lucky she is to have you for her Momma and that she’s safe enough to be so expressive! A mother who is brave enough to nurture her daughter’s tenacity and spirit! Love this, Karen. Thank you! XO


  3. Your conversation gave me a huge case of the giggles and a big smile. So many times I wished I would have been blogging when my kiddos were younger – I have so many conversations like these scribbled in notebooks….if only I could read my writing 😉
    So happy to see your post in my inbox this morning–sorry it took me all day to get here. I can’t wait to see more. Miss you! xo


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