This morning, as I was getting Peter ready for school, Samuel was quizzing me about why he can’t sit in the front passenger seat of the car.

Let me backtrack for a moment…Last week, I had a conversation with Samuel and Matthew while waiting to pick Peter up from school, during which I explained attempted to explain air bags.  Somehow, it resurfaced this morning.

As I was barely awake and in no mood to discuss the details of air bags, I tried to give Samuel the “short version” of what an air bag is and how it works and why he cannot sit next to me in the car.  It went something like this “If you were sitting in the front seat and we had an accident, the air bag would come out and it could hurt you.”

Samuel looked at me with a puzzled look on his face, then said “If I had an accident and I was sitting next to you, the air is going to come out and clean it up all by itself?”


Next time I need to remember how a 3 year old brain works.