Eloise said, "Why?" for the first time this past week.
A banana slug was in the cat food dish. She has seen them before and still remembers the first time she ever saw one. BUT this time she took a step back and looked at me, "hab it?" she asked. "No," I said, "but you can touch it. It's sticky." And then the why! It surprised me. Did she really want to know why the slug was sticky? So I asked her if that's what she meant. "Yes." she said. Ok. I stammered around and said something about how the sticky stuff protects it. I don't even know if that's true. I've got to be more prepared next time. I don't mind saying, " I don't know." but in my head while I was trying to answer Eloise's first Why, I was already grieving the passing of this first milestone. I certainly didn't want her first ever Why to to be given an I don't know.