Yesterday, Fintan, 9, taunted Tiarnan, 6, on his return from home.
“While you were out, we watched Shrek 4.”,
he said, expecting an upset response, perhaps.
Tiarnan was unbothered.
“I don’t know what Shrek is.”, he said,
He paused a little as if considering the
“If I don’t know about it, then it doesn’t
exist!”, he concluded. For him that very much seemed to end the matter.
Fintan didn’t want to get into a, what
seemed to him, pointless argument over the existence or non-existence of
something he had seen...so he left it and did not respond.
I thought Tiarnan’s statement interesting.
It could mean many things. He could be saying that if he hadn’t heard about it,
Fintan must be making it up. Or it could mean that if he doesn’t know about it,
then it won’t bother him not to see it – because he won’t know what he is
missing. I am in favour of the latter interpretation. Either way, it is an interesting
stance to take on missing out on something – and one which deflated Fintan’s
attempt to make him bothered about it.
Not for the first time, I am struck by how
much of interest can be found in the conversation of young children. One only
has to listen carefully to hear many, often unique, conversational stances, ploys,
understandings and come-backs. Each of our boys, has the tendency to utter odd
lines, which stick in the mind. Though, as a personality, Tiarnan’s probably
tends to the most bizarre of the three of them.
As I hear them speak in this way, I do
wonder at what kind of adults will emerge from this period of intellectual and
personal fermentation. Each of them promises to be at least a little different
from the norm...and that can only be good.
Happy philosophizing Tiarnan!
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