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– St. Catherine of Siena

Monday, August 31, 2015

Matthew Monday: Operations and Anatomy

Some conversations come out of nowhere and they usually lead to something interesting.  The mind of a five year old doesn’t work like ours.  Who knows what inspires them to ask what they ask?

I was eating lunch the other day at the kitchen table.  Matthew had eaten his lunch watching the TV watching one of his cartoons, Olivia I think.   Not sure why but he comes over and asked a series of questions.

“Did Nonna have an operation on her hip?” he asked.  Nonna is Italian for grandmother and how he refers to my mother.

“Yes, she had a hip replacement.”

“Did they have to put her to sleep?”

“Yes, she they had to make her sleep for it.”

“Did she have any other operations?”

“No, not really.”  Actually she had but nothing as major as a hip replacement and I didn’t want to get into it with him.

“Did Brandi have to get an operation on her stomach?”  Brandi was our previous dog who passed away a year and a half ago.  You can go through the Brandi tagged posts here.    

At first I wasn’t sure what he was referring to.  Brandi had internal cancer and they had to open her belly to investigate and pull some cells for a biopsy.  Or Matthew might have been referring to her being spayed, which would have been well before he was born but he might have seen pictures of her with that silly cone they put around their necks to prevent them from touching their stitches. 

“Yes, Brandi had an operation on her tummy,” I said, wondering where this would go.

“Did they have to put her to sleep?”

"Yes, they had to.”

“Did she have an operation on her penis?”

What?  Did he actually say ask that?  I guess he did. 

“Uhh Brandi was a girl.  Girls don’t have penises.”

“Oh, they don’t?” he said running back to the TV. 

End of conversation.  I can only imagine.  


  1. Just be glad he didn't ask, "Well what DO they have?"

    1. Yikes! I don't know how I would answer that! I better think of something because I know it's coming. Thanks Jan.

  2. Haha! Love how matter of fact kids are. Hope your mother is doing well.

    1. Nothing life threatening, but calluses on her feet are her current problem, one of which developed into an ulcer. Always something, but thank God alive and kicking. Thanks and hope you are well.

  3. Manny believe "IT" or not, I had written a LOT of stuff and then go figure but one of my members of The Right and/or The Left hand hit the wrong keys and "IT" all disappeared... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_6:3

    I could re-write "IT" but long story short.... I've often told GOD (Good Old Dad) in so many words to make sure that The Angel HE sent better keep me in honest check cause HE would here, "I" mean hear about "IT" come "The Judgement Day"....

    I hear YA Man! Victor! Victor! Victor! God helps those who help themselves!

    You're so left, "I" mean right... I'll simply ask YA to give my best to your good mother and be careful as to what TV shows you and The Mrs. allow Matthew to watch cause nowadays jokes like ... 'When I was young, I wanted a watch for Christmas... So my dad let me!

    Longer story shorter.... with all the propaganda taking place here in Canada (in our province at least) that above joke really isn't as funny to me, me and me NOW!...lol... Believe 'IT" or not, politic is now changing a 17 year old sex education program and truth be known many families who were too busy taking care of their children probably didn't even know about the changes back then ... For example... my good wife who really doesn't care much for poli tics... "I" mean politic didn't even know that our good "Premier" was a Lesbian... When I told her that she should have known because this good woman was always campaigning with her partner..... Go figure, she literally got hangry, "I" mean angry... lol

    Take care Manny and thanks again for the well wishes but please never stop praying for me also.

    God Bless you and yours

    1. I hear ya. I do worry what Matthew watches all the time, and now he's gotten proficient at getting on the computer to youtube and watching cartoons. That could be a very dangerous thing. Thanks for stopping by. You have been missed.

  4. I always thought that the cone they put round pets necks is to make them hear better. Like an antenae dish to collect sound from far and wide.

    Do they drown if they look up when it rains and the cone fills up with water?

    God bless.