THEN, not more than 5 minutes later, Jacob (6.5 years old) says to me- "Mom, (friends name) says her friends get their periods (chuckle chuckle)." I turned my head to my friend I was talking to, and asked her if she just heard what I heard? Again, my mouth hit the floor- I didn't really acknowledge his comment, I just wanted it to go away. I thought if I ignored it, he wouldn't bring it up again, I didn't want to make it a big deal. I was dumbfounded that he would even know what a period is. I thought about this for a while, I figured he doesn't really know what a period is, and if I tried to explain it, he might freak out a little. I assumed he chuckled because the people that told him did, so he figured it was something funny. I am sticking with that thought until another time.
THEN, Izzy says to me this morning, "Mom, what is kidnapped mean?" I told her it was when bad people take children that are not there's away from their family and friends. She follows with, "What do they do with them?" I tell her they usually hurt the children and sometimes they die. She follows with, "So they take and kill them like they do to cows?" (I give a long pause) I respond with, Yep, you are right. However, I did get to extend the conversation into saying, if any stranger tries to get you to go with them, you say no, run away screaming and find help! She tells me, "Yea mom, I already knew that." (Phew, thank goodness!)
Seriously, I would rather hear "bathroom talk" again in their normal conversations than these topics. I am not prepared for this- I am not ready for them to discover all the bad, weird, disgusting and disturbing things in the world. I want them to stay innocent, naive, and sheltered. It was a fresh reminder that I need to be constantly praying for them, for their friends and for their time away from home until they are able to decern truth in these and many many future topics of conversation.