“Daddy, when I get older will I have hair come out of my nose?”
Sweetie asked me this question from the back seat and I immediately felt that I had to handle it delicately. She had been quiet prior to the asking, so I knew it was something she was thinking about. I didn’t want her thoughts to turn into worries.
Everyone knows that everyone has hair in their nose, right? Rather, everyone who is not 3 years old know this. I couldn’t tell her she already had hair in her nose. What if I made her feel silly for asking the question? What if this fact of nature freaked her out?
I am a fairly hairy guy (good Eastern European genes there), and I happen to be approaching 40. So I am losing hair where I want to have it (on my head), and growing it where I don’t want it (ears, eyebrows and nose). Any guy who is getting older can tell you this happens. So I know half of the population does grow more nose hair as they age. But is it the same for women?
While I was weighing the best way to answer Sweetie’s question, she piped up:
“If I don’t, then all the dust and garbage and stinky houses will all get in.”
Yes, you read that right, dust and garbage and stinky houses. Maybe this was not such a concern after all. Maybe this was just part of their lesson plan of the week: learning about the senses.
“Yes, honey, I imagine you will.”
Question answered, on to the next one.