Last week the kids and I were doing the after-school dash when Stephen leaned forward and the following conversation ensued…
Stephen: Mom, what’s "puberty"?
Me: [in my head] Really, Lord? Do we have to do this now? I thought this conversation would happen between Stephen, Hubs and me in front of a roaring campfire on a Special Occasion sometime in the distant future, NOT on our way to karate with a two year old singing in the backseat and…wait a minute, was that a peanut butter cracker that just flew past my shoulder?
Me: [aloud] Puberty is when you reach a certain age and your body starts changing.
Stephen: Oh. [Thoughtful pause] I think I’m going through puberty.
Me: Really? We’ll you’re only seven, Stephen. I kind of doubt it.
Stephen: But my shoes are getting tight. That’s a body change.
Ah, now if only the true woes of puberty could be solved with a trip to Payless…