E: I don't know.
M: You have to think about it.
E: I think about it but I don't know even more.
(after some discussion of how knowing the "right" answer isn't really necessary, just give your best "educated guess"...we move on)
M: Okay. What do you think is the Number One Most Important Rule in our family?
E: Um. Um. No hitting and no kicking.
M: That's a very good rule. Next question: What is the Number One Most Important Rule at School?
E: No jumping and no running and no hitting and no jumping on friends.
M: What is mama's favourite thing to eat?
E: Um, shrimp?
M: (dipped in chocolate, maybe...) Okay, and what about dada?
E: I don't know.
M: If you had to guess...
E: I. Don't. Know. Can you please take the lid off of my hot chocolate cup?
M: What is mama's favourite thing to do?
E: Play with me!
M: What is dada's favourite thing to do?
E: Play with me too!
M: Where would you like to go on a trip?
E: To...Hawaii! And Cosmic Adventures, 'kay?....
...I would like another nap. After this whole thing here (gestures toward computer).
M: Last question. If you could be any animal, what would you be?
E: A giraffe.
E: (pulls down shirt) Look how long neck I have!
This is the first installment of what I hope to be many discussions with The Expert about various issues. I have learned from this inaugural episode that my daughter is quite firmly planted in the real world and is the kind of student who might leave a question blank on a test rather than write a bunch of nonsense in the hopes of part marks. I'm not sure how I feel about this.
Please feel free to submit your question for The Expert. I'm sure she'll be happy to field it, unless of course she Doesn't. Know. The Answer.