A couple of weeks back, Isaac (my 3-year old son) chose his favorite book about dinosaurs for his bedtime reading. Grace (my wife) read to Isaac about the physique of a T-Rex – short arms, long and strong tail, you get the picture. Here’s part of the conversation that followed:
Isaac: Mama, look, this is how a T-Rex with short arms looks like! (Bending his arm to imitate)
Grace: Hmm… If his arms are short, how does he scratch his back if it itches?
(Isaac thinks really hard for a few seconds.)
Isaac: He will have to ask his other T-Rex friends to help scratch his back!
Both of us weren’t quite prepared for that remark, though we were both pleasantly surprised by the way he approached the “problem”. We’re not entirely sure if this level of critical thinking is to be expected for a 3 1/2-year old child though. Not that we’re complaining.