Adam attempted to explain the 4th of July to Violet yesterday. I was cooking, so I didn't hear all of his explanation, but it contained something about fighting and war. I chimed in that I wasn't sure she was old enough to understand that and maybe shouldn't understand that yet. I'm afraid I heard something about spaceships, too. Then I went back to shucking corn.
It's funny to me when he explains things to our 3 year old using complex, loaded words like patriotism and personal liberties and freedom. What's even funnier is that sometimes she really, really gets it. And sometimes it goes completely over her head. You never know what's going to sink in.
I was tucking Violet in at bedtime, and I asked her what she thought about the day. She said, "The 4th of July is America's birthday. And it's about flags and spaceships and war. And parades, and bombs, and birthdays but no cake for it but WE can eat the cake, and fighting and spaceships."
P.S. Yes. My child is almost naked. Because I'm a lazy, horrible mother. And I'm tired. And it's hot.