A Window into Life in the Suburbs

"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

"Is it true, mum?"

When we decided drive the 13 year old to her new high school this year, I was dreading the entire exercise. It would be the most boring 40 minutes of my life.
Then I started playing music in the car... all kinds of music not just "Let it Go", by the way... the 40 minute drive round didn't feel quite as monotonous. It didn't improve other people's driving but at least it made the whole gig more tolerable.

As a bonus I rediscovered some old favourites and some 80s stuff that I grew up with which was loads of fun.

I think it was when I was playing a series of tearjerkery love songs that the 7 year old said to me, "Is it true, mum?"
Well, that took me by surprise. My brain quickly kicked into deep analysis mode... Is she asking me an ontological question? Or did she wants some facts?
So I asked her, "What do you mean by 'true'?"
Apparently she wanted to know if the content was reflective of real life situations which I thought was interesting. When I was a school kid listening to soppy songs, that question never occurred to me. I think I didn't even think about the lyrics all that much... they were sort of there... to give people something to do with the music other than humming it.

She posed that same question again when we were listening to a Simon and Garfunkel song, "He was my Brother".
Halliday would say that she was exercising the heuristic linguistic function in her language development.

It's a good question though. I'm glad she asked it... it's nice to know the kids do think about things and use their brains at least some of the time.

Or at least when food isn't involved.

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