Me: (scuttling around the house at bed time, gathering bits and bobs, ferrying dishes to the sink, etc)
Molly: (carrying Hank’s Christmas present from his Avó (grandmother), O Corpo Human: Orgãos, Sistemas, Funções (The Human Body: Organs, Systems and Functions), even though it is half her size) Mama, read skeletons? Read skeletons, please?
Me: What a wonderful idea! Go read with mano (brother) for a minute and I will join you shortly.
Molly: (curls bouncing) Okay. MANO (brother)! MANO (brother)! (enters their shared room)
Hank: Hi mana (sister).
Molly: Mano (brother), read skeletons?
Hank: Mana (sister), that is the back of the book the skeletons are in the…
Molly: Okay… look, babies! Babies, mano (brother)!
Hank: That is right. This is how a baby fits into a mama’s body and is born.
Molly: LOOOK! Skeleton!
Hank: That is the mama’s spine and this is what a baby looks like growing in a mama’s body.
Molly: (turning the page) Look, mano! Penis.
Hank: (reading the text) O coito (coitus)?
Molly: Penis puzzle.
Molly: Penis puzzle make babies.
Me: (standing in the door way debating entering having earlier used this analogy to explain to my curious three year old intercourse with the purpose of having children; that the man and the woman are like a puzzle and when they fit together they can make a baby)
Molly: Yah, mama and papa fit. Penis puzzle, baby.
Hank: (catching on to what he is seeing) Oh!
Molly: Penis puzzle.
Hank: (whispers) So that is how that works.
Me: (take the opportunity to enter the room, but say nothing, ready for their questions)
Molly: (bored) Where skeleton, mano (brother)?
Hank: (scrambles gratefully to turn to the front of the book) Here, here is the skeletal system.
Molly: Hi skeleton! (waving)
Hank: Penis puzzle, mama? Really?
Me: What? How else are you supposed to explain that illustration to a three year old?
Hank: (shrugs, judgmental) Are you supposed to explain that illustration to a three year old?
Me: (some major side eye) Parenting is 35% keeping you alive and 65% explanation and the explanations are rarely easy.
Molly: Mano (brother), LOOOOOK skeleton!