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What If

My son is four and a half years old. He is weird and crazy and funny and awesome and awful. It’s great. He’s also the only other man in the house, what with his three older sisters (and his mother), and I have to admit that it’s good to have him around to balance the force a bit around here. I’m definitely not opposed to the increased amount of wrestling and video game playing (except when I lose).

He goes through phases, as kids (and adults for that matter) do. One of those recent phases, which lasted for a few months, was his “what if” phase. His “what if” questions would often come fast and furiously, sometimes seemingly out of nowhere, sometimes triggered by his environment. They were usually hilarious, sometimes pretty weird, and always entertaining. After a a while I decided that I needed to start documenting them, so here’s a sampling.

The “what if” questions listed below were almost always followed up by a statement of “That would be awesome, huh?” (alternate follow-ups in parens)

  • What if
    • our swimsuits had Batman capes?
    • we could jump way up there?
    • this lid could stay floating like this?
    • we could fly?
    • they put our food in a cup?
    • my hand could stretch?
    • Hulk smashed our house?
    • Spider-man webbed our house?
    • it were raining knives?
    • we could turn big in all of our games?
    • we didn’t have any blood or bones? Then we could stretch way out.
    • ninjas’ swords had webs in them?
    • I cried and the drips were blood? (That would not be awesome.)
    • everything could talk? The cups and the bowls? (That would be funny.)
    • everyone looked like this piece of pop tart? (That would be funny.)

I wish I would have written even more of them down.

I really miss the “what if” phase. I think that I need a little more “what if” in my life, both personal and professional, with the accompanying “That would be awesome, huh?” expectation for the results.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. stephanie

    I have to say that I think it’s awesome that you are writing down what he says. It will be so fun for him to read later in life. I also have to say that I think you are an amazing dad. I’m pretty confident that you’re Nash’s best friend right now and I love to watch you guys play games & and just interact with each other. It’s obvious that he looks up to you!

  2. Bryce

    I love this.

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