Eventually, these capabilities level out for most people, but the events during early childhood have lasting effects. They're called "the formative years" for a reason. I am the person I am today largely because of what I experienced between the ages of two and ten.
So I was pondering the workings of my mind back then... I can remember the way I thought, and the kind of ideas I had, and, from my modern point of view, it's fascinating. Almost like looking into the mind of another person. I recalled some of the questions I asked as a child. And I also noticed that many of the questions I asked never received an answer.
So I compiled a list of questions I asked my mother as a child. She was my primary source of information, outside of books. Sure, I went to school, but the teachers contradicted each other a lot, and I didn't have any friends, so my mother was really important in my early learning, especially before I learned to read.
Here's a list of questions I was able to recall. Remember, for the sake of context, that these were all directed at my mother.
- Why aren't black people allowed to join our church?
- Why does Gramma say you hate me?
- Is Jesus' mommy's name "Mary Christmas"?
- Is "influenza" the opposite of "fluenza"? Is that why people with influenza can't talk so well, cuz they aren't fluenz in English anymore?
- If a neutron is a proton and an electron smushed together, why does a neutron weigh less than a proton and an electron put together?
- Teacher says we shouldn't be superstitious. Is it alright to be just regliar stitious?
- Of the bionic man has one bionic arm and one regliar arm, why can he bend a steel bar by holding it with both hands? Wouldn't that rip his regliar arm out of the socket?
- Is Grampa a bigfoot?
- Is it okay to pray to Santa Clause?
- What part of the cow is the bologna?
- Why do our Christmas stockings look just like Grampa's socks?
- If I die when I'm still a kid, in Heaven do I still have to go to bed at 8?
- Why do I have to eat my vegetables if I'm just gonna take a vitamin anyway?
- Why is the best kind of liver called "liver-worst"?
- What was school like before they invented electricity?
- My teacher says she needs to talk to you. What's a "sociopath"?
- If Jesus drank wine, why is it a sin to drink beer?
- Why are there no happy country songs?
- Are Fig Newtons® a vegetable?
- Why aren't grown-ups ticklish?
- What's the national bird of Turkey?
I thought that these questions might give some insight into the early development of my mind. I'm curious about the kinds of questions others asked their parents as children. I wonder if they asked the same things. Probably.