I Was Under the Impression We Lived on Earth

My kids are really into pretending lately. One of Ian’s favorite games includes traveling from planet to planet. (One couch is Mars and the other one tends to be Earth.)

They were playing this game when Claudia started screaming.Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket


Me: Honey, what is going on?

Claudia: Keisha doesn’t want to be on Mars! (Keisha is Claudia’s baby doll.)

Me: Okay. Keisha can come back to Earth.

Claudia: Keisha doesn’t want to be on Earth, she doesn’t want to be on Mars. SHE DOESN’T WANT TO BE ON ANY PLANET!

Me: Claudia. We live on Earth.


Me: Yeah, but honey, Virginia is on Earth.


My degree is in Political Science not astronomy, but Virginia is on Earth, right?

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  1. I think that’s really up for discussion and totally depends upon who you ask. :)

  2. That is correct, Virginia is on Earth. It’s West Virginia that exists in a parallel universe.

  3. Maybe the floor or table can be Virginia.

    Kids in kindergarten still argue with me that they don’t live in Florida, they live in Gainesville. I can pull out the map & they still won’t believe me.

  4. this is exactly what i’m going through with my daughter right now. She thinks she is going to turn into a boy someday. There’s just no convincing her.


  5. Jeez, I hope so. I don’t want to have to take a space shuttle when I visit. Although … I bet they wouldn’t cancel flights like all the airlines … hmm.

  6. He he what a cute story :)

  7. I’m not really sure. I’ve never wondered about Virginia. Now…California…

    (ducks from incoming…LOL)

  8. Too cute. I love when kids say the darnedest things!

    Dawson insists that everyone “lives at Poppa’s house”. Heh.

  9. Hmmmm. Parts may be on earth, but I agree with Tastes Like Crazy – it depends on who you ask.

  10. That’s so cute. Sounds like it already has started for you. Welcome to the world of you-are-a-parent-and-therefore-know-nothing. Basically it goes like this: kids may ask questions, but they already know the answers and no matter what you say they are right. I am very familiar with this cheery world.

  11. You’d think so, but then you’d be wrong.

  12. Gosh, something like, “Yes, Virginia, you are on earth” comes to mind.

  13. the thing that cracks me up about this kind of make believe, is that — even though the kids are completely in control of what happens in their imaginary scenarios, things can still go horribly wrong. i keep saying “edan..it’s just pretend…why don’t you just pretend that toto ISN’T lost, then you don’t have to be upset…”


  14. I think only Texas would qualify as its own country/planet. :-)

  15. Last time I checked but hey, my degree was in English, so technically, I know nothing.


  16. That’s too funny…. When I try to explain things to Paoge that she doesn’t want to hear ( like why we have to brush our teeth, or our hair) she says “Mommy, don’t say anything. I don’t want you to talk.”

  17. When I was Claudia’s age I wanted to be a dolphin when I grew up. It took some doing, but my mom somehow got me to believe one kind of mammal doesn’t just grow up to become another kind of mammal. And, yeah, she explained it just like that. I’m still confused as to why I couldn’t grow up to be my second choice; Mermaid.

  18. how did she come up with the name keisha? zoe’s baby doll is katchi!

  19. I’ve lived in Virginia. It’s beautiful until you start looking at the laws and the bias and the homophobics.

    If you can overlook those, you are golden, and totally on Earth. :-)

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