AKA: A day in the life of learning from your
January 25, 2015
[At rise: Jenn is chauffeuring the children home in the car.]
CJ (3 y/o): Mama, did you know that persons are amomos? [“animals”]
Me (44 y/o): Um, yeah. I guess I did honey. Amazing, right?
CJ: Yeah, but I’M not an amomo.
Gavin (6 y/o): ClaraJane, yes you are.
CJ: No! I’m NOT!
Me: Well, all animals are different. And we are REALLY different from the other animals, but yeah us humans are a type of animal too.
Gavin: ClaraJane, you’re a MAMMAL, aren’t you? We are all mammals, which is a type of animal.
CJ: Yeah like Cheetahs!
Gavin: Yeah, and like…
Gavin: Um yeah, and…
Gavin: Mom, please don’t answer my question. And like… platypuses.
Me: Really? Platypuses are mammals?
Me: Yeah I guess I knew that. Wow. So they are the only mammal that lays eggs or something?
Gavin: No! [dummy] They’re not the only mammal that lay eggs! Porcupines lay eggs too.
Me: Really? No way! I did not know that.
Gavin: Yup. Mammals are mammals because… what makes mammals mammals is not whether they lay eggs. Mammals are mammals because they feed their young milk.
Me: OH! [!]
OK so for the sake of this post I just Googled this stuff. Turns out platypi and a group of spiny anteaters called “echidna” are the only egg-laying “amomos,” not porcupines. But I think you’ll agree these suckers look at lot like porcupines.
(And yes, mammals feed their young milk.)
So now you know! This zoological minute brought to you by… KIDS.