I was a little taken aback (to say the least) and ask “why?” (In my head it was, WHY? WHY? WHY?)
So, now my 9 year old daughter wants to know what a dick is. Ugh.
I go into a long explanation about how it could be, in fact, someone’s name. Or, it could be a naughty name for a penis. I also ask her why she wants to know, did something happen at school today, blah, blah, blah (I am long-winded with my explanations, we even sometimes consult a dictionary to give the precise meaning of a word. In this case, a dictionary was not necessary)…
She said that Charlie (a little boy in her class) said “My grandpa’s name is Dick. Do you know what that means?” My daughter said “No.” The teacher heard Charlie’s question and he got in trouble. She said he was crying and saying “Well, it’s my grandpa’s name!” So, now my kid wants to know what all the fuss is about… Thanks, Charlie!
Then she said “I already asked daddy in the car after school.”
(I guess she is double checking our answers. I need to remember this.)
So, I asked her what daddy’s answer was. Without a beat, she said:
“Short for Richard. Bad name for penis.”
(Note: I learned something today, not every question needs a lengthy explanation)
My oldest daughter wanted to know where babies came from, so I read “It’s Not the Stork” to her. Read about that here.