One of the most unexpectedly awesome parts of being a parent is getting to laugh at all the ridiculous things kids say. Sometimes they're hilarious, like when my 4-year-old asked me what taxes are and then explained that she's never ever going to pay them because "the government is a stranger who can't have my coins." Other times, they're completely poignant and it seems like kids might actually know the meaning of life. Don't believe me? Then you need to check out this recent Reddit AMA by a dad and his shockingly philosophical (and adorable) 3-year-old son.
Most Reddit AMAs (which stands for "ask me anything") are devoted to allowing people to submit questions to celebs and other big names. But dad Matthew Clark came across a subreddit called casualiama and realized that it had tons of AMAs with regular people. Because he's clearly a genius, he started an AMA with someone guaranteed to give amazing answers: his 3-year-old, Caleb.
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Clark started a thread called "I am 3. I know everything. AMA." And he promised to ask Caleb any question people could think of -- as long as they were appropriate, of course. What resulted is basically the best thing on the Internet right now.
Some of his answers were hilariously honest.
I'm loving the confidence.
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Caleb didn't only stick to the standard fare in his AMA. He also used the opportunity to tackle some of the really big issues -- things like the meaning of life, where babies come from, and the current state of our political affairs.
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Honestly, after reading Caleb's answers, I feel like kids should do weekly AMAs. I think it would slowly bring about world peace if we could all just drop what we're doing every Thursday afternoon and let a toddler school us on life.
Alas, that is not the world we live in. But it's still pretty awesome that Caleb's dad got this thread started and now has this incredible public record of the way his son's mind worked when he was 3. I have an ongoing note in my phone where I write down all the hilariously and unintentionally profound things my kids say, because they really do say the darnedest things.
Props to this dad for sharing his little boy's wisdom with the rest of us.