"I don't get it. Why would a monkey be so curious? Why don't they keep him in a cage?"
"How could a treehouse fly to the moon? - There's no oxygen." or
"That doesn't make sense - the witches fly with BROOMS?"
I admit, sometimes he wasn't quite that articulate, but I know that's what he was trying to ask when he tilted his head, made a puckered frown, and growled.
But now that he is in Middle School, he has suddenly taken up reading fantasy literature and books about Greek mythology. I'm fairly certain he doesn't take these stories as being real or even possible, and I suppose it's a good thing that he can accept imaginary scenarios and not get tripped up in the improbable details, but something happened yesterday that forced me to ponder whether this type of literature is not problematic for Orangeboy.
He is currently reading the Artemis Fowl series in which the hero is actually an anti-hero. He's a teenage criminal mastermind. That in itself is a concern since Orangeboy is known to not-so-secretly harbor the ambition to become a evil mastermind himself. The most pressing problem at the moment; however, is that Orangeboy lives in a cuss-free zone - i.e. a Christian family living in a rural area of the Bible Belt, USA.; plus his grandmother is very uptight and his school frowns on that sort of thing - and the Artemis Fowl series contains some
Thankfully, he didn't catch much trouble because his teacher understood that Orangeboy is a little extra-unordinary.
And so, taking his cue from Artemis Fowl, Orangeboy once again lets loose with some indiscreet language by telling his brother to "Go to Hell" at breakfast yesterday. He was swiftly corrected by his Father, along the lines of;
"WHAT did you just say?! I had BETTER not EVER hear you say that to anybody again."
Later, I felt that is would be helpful to give Orangeboy a good reason for this strong rule; even though explaining semantics and context is almost impossible to do and make it sound rational. But just as Orangeboy has learned to accept the improbable and silly in literature; he seems to be more accepting of rules that are rules just because they are. He accepted with bowed head my simple explanation that "We don't use that phrase because it is a specific curse basically telling someone to go to eternal damnation and that is a very mean thing to say".
It's less mean just to say, "Shut up! Your breath smells like butt!", but not in front of your grandmother.