I just taught Bo how to eat ice cream with a spoon. Half an hour ago, I taught him how to eat baked beans.
Knowing that I should keep my mouth shut, I still asked him, “WHY do you do that?”
“Because it feels good,” he said.
I was stunned. My question was rhetorical; I didn’t expect an answer. I was voicing my displeasure at something he did. (Why do I do that?)
Because it feels good. Is that really why he puts down his fork and eats with both hands? Why we now put a towel on the table in front of him to catch the food that he drops or sometimes just puts there? Or did his real response get caught in his internal map that seems to re-route words and ideas so that they come out garbled?
I’ll never know.