A young child asks, “What is that”?
over and over again.
The parent keeps giving answers
while trying to show a warm grin.
Soon the “What” takes a new turn
and become a constant “Why?”
so the parent has to patiently
make a clever reply.
As time passes they stretch the “why”
to a demanding “Why can’t I?”
and the old “because I said so”
seems to no longer fly.
Sometimes the “Why can’t I”
brings with it much family strife.
But that’s what it takes
to prepare the young person for life.