“Daddy, why do penguins stink?” my 3-year old asked.
We were at the zoo. I thought it was a good time to have a meaningful conversation with him.
“Why do you think they stink?” I asked.
My 3-year old looked at me, thinking.
“Because they go in stinky water,” my 3-year old said.
Smart kid. He was referring to the greenish, stinky water that surrounded the penguins in the zoo.
“So, what should they do to smell good?” I asked, trying to keep the conversation going.
Again, my 3-year old looked at me. He seemed stumped with this question.
“Well,” I offered to help, “what would—?"
His eyes widened. He had the answer.
“They should do psst-psst,” he said.
Psst-psst is my 3-year old’s way to refer to my wife’s perfume.
“Just like mommy,” he said, “when she goes to the office.”
“Just like you, Daddy,” he added. “After you make poop.”
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