Things My 4-Year-Old Has Interrupted My Shower To Ask Me Just This Week

Some things just can’t wait. These are the urgent questions my daughter has flung wide the shower door to ask me in the past week:

1) Can you live to be a million?

2) Is Fresca good for kids?

3) Is my doll’s name “Mih-kenna”? Or “Muh-kenna”?

4) What is the most far, California or the whole world?

5) Mommy, what are pussies?

My replies:

1) no;

2) no;

3) Mih-kenna, but you can say Muh-kenna if you want to;

4) well, Maggie, it depends on– never mind. California. Now CLOSE THE DOOR;

5) WHAT?

Now, maybe my mind went to the gutter a little too quickly. But keep in mind that when my four-year-old daughter asked me that last question, I was naked. Also keep in mind that a preschooler can interrupt her mother in the shower pretty much every day and she will still stare at her mother’s pubic hair like she has never seen it before.

So in the context of the moment, let’s just say I was a little perturbed.

MOMMY: Maggie, what are– what?

MAGGIE: Pussies. What are they?

MOMMY: (drawing a blank, vamping desperately) What do you mean?

MAGGIE: (sighing heavily) Like pussy cats. What are they? Dogs?

Now I was really lost.

MOMMY: What do you mean? They’re cats.

MAGGIE: They’re pussies. So… are they dogs?

MOMMY: …You just said they were pussy cats.

MAGGIE: But they’re not cats if they’re pussy cats.

I have never had a conversation in which I was more at sea. Or wet, since the water was still running.

MOMMY: Close the door, Maggie. I’ll tell you when I get out.

I did not. By the time I rinsed out the conditioner Maggie had (much to my relief) gone back to playing with McKenna, which is what she does pretty much whenever I’m not in the shower. But I’m already dreading the question that awaits me tomorrow morning. I have a feeling we didn’t really settle the pussy cat issue.

What’s the most urgent question you’ve ever been asked while in the shower?


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Katie Bee May 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Mom?  Why do you cover me with a blanket in my bed?  Is it so no one will steal my legs?


Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress May 21, 2012 at 3:59 pm

“Mommy, will I have to wear old people clothes like you when I grow up?”


SquashedMom (Varda) May 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Mom who do you think is going to die first? You or Daddy?


Vero429 May 21, 2012 at 5:52 pm

My first question (before I answer any confusing question) is” where did you see/hear that word” to give it some context.


Nikki @ Days With Us May 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm

I absolutely loved this post.  It just made my morning.  My daughter asks a lot of questions some of which are very similar to the ones you mentioned.  Thanks for sharing your experience. 


Steph at The Healthy Mom May 21, 2012 at 6:59 pm

That is funny as shit! My kids don’t usually ask me questions while I’m in the shower. But my 7-year old does try to sneak in to get a glimpse of my “oobies.” I sure hope he grows out of this or he’ll end up being a pretty strange and maladjusted kid!


Dusty Earth Mother May 21, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Seriously, laughing out loud.

And “Mommy, is it ‘vagina’ or ‘bagina’?”


Holly Rosen Fink May 22, 2012 at 1:54 am

LOVE.  I don’t have as good a memory as you, so I can’t remember.


Emmy Laybourne May 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm

“If I can throw up, can I stay home?”

GREAT article, Amy. I love the way you write!


Gooddayregularpeople May 31, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I get this ONLY when I”m in the shower: MOM CAN I GOOGLE SEARCH SOMETHING??



Keirstin Howard O'Donnell August 2, 2012 at 1:02 am

This one was actually a comment from my 3 year old step son while he was IN the shower with me: “Keir, know what? You have a nice butt, my mommy’s butt is way bigger than yours.” (Keir suppress giggles, puffs up a bit…) “So are her boobs.” Heavy sigh. 🙂


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