Thursday, May 15, 2008


Mrs. BigKat and I were having lunch together today. Our 4 year old, LilKat2, had already eaten lunch, so he was doing some coloring. I was trying to have a conversation with Mrs. BigKat, but was interrupted several times by questions from LilKat2.

This gave me a good idea.

I told Mrs. BigKat that she should get one of those little clicker counter things. She could use it to count the number of questions that LilKat2 asks.

'Mommy, are these the right socks?'
'Which crayon is light blue?'
'What's purple mean?'
'Can I have a snack?'

I thought it would be interesting to find out how many questions a 4 year old asks in a day. After I told my idea to Mrs. BigKat, I decided to give it a test run. In less than 2 minutes, he had gotten up to 10 questions. It was actually pretty funny. At that rate, I figure that he would end up with 5 (questions per minute) * 60 (minutes per hour) * 12 (hours awake each day) = 3600 questions per day! That's a lot of questions!

I wonder what the count would be if we counted DIFFERENT questions...because in those 3600, there's a LOT of duplicates...


Tara said...

The quote that comes to mind here is "Sometimes ignorance is bliss..." because my ears are hurting just thinking about it! Gabe isn't to that stage yet. LOL Wow, thats A LOT of questions. So...are you really going to count questions one day? :)

BigKat said...

I don't know if we could keep it up for a whole day. But it might be fun to count the number of questions we get over lunch or maybe during a car ride.

Actually, during a meal would be funny. First they start off with the math questions:

'What's 1 plus 4?'
'What's 4 plus 3?'
'What's a hundred plus a hundred?'
'What's 3 plus 3 plus 3 plus 3 plus 3 plus 3 plus 3 plus 3 plus 3 plus 3 plus 3 plus 3 plus 3 plus 3 plus 3 plus 3 plus fifteen hundred?'

Then come the word questions:

'Coat, boat...Does that rhyme?'
'Buh, buh, buh...bat, boat...does that rhyme?'
'Blanket, flanket...does that rhyme?'

Then come the mangled up riddles that make no sense:

'Why does an elephant sit on your fence?'
'What does a dog like?'
'What does a horse fly?'

It's amazing how peaceful it feels when Mrs. BigKat and I go out to dinner on our Tuesday night dates even though we have PricessKat with us. She doesn't say very much. So we can actually talk to each other.

Tara said...

Oh my. We can't wait. :)