We were in the car and somehow the topic of birth came up. She started to ask me questions about scenarios and birth.
“What would happen if someone gave birth in their house? In their car? In a parking lot? In the ocean? In outer space?”
She got stuck on my answer about having a baby in space. I tried to explain that it wasn’t the best idea to have a baby in space because we didn’t know what would happen. Then, after a moment of her pondering, she threw me a tough one.
“How did the first person be born? I mean I know how babies are born, but how did the first person get born?”
I love parenting, and answering questions. But this moment, I was like “WTF? Parenting, let alone life, does not prep you for these types of questions.”
I did my best, told her about the big bang and also introduced Adam and Eve, sharing that people believed different things. She wanted to know more about the big bang. I gave it a shot…
“A long, long time ago, there was an explosion that resulted in a microscopic organism coming to earth…”
“Like a tiny bug or virus. It then made more of itself. And eventually made better versions of itself to survive. These new versions eventually became the plants, animals, and humans we see today.”
“Ok, but how do you know?” she asked.
“It’s a theory,” I said, “our best guess based on all of the evidence we have in front of us. No one was alive then so we can’t be all the way sure.”
She took a few moments…
“Ok, but what’s the real truth?”
“That’s all I’ve got,” I told her.
Here’s what I learned – When you teach your kid about evolution, like most conspiracy theorists, she wil doubt you. Maybe for the first time, and certainly not for the last time.