January 24, 2013

Tale Spin

Last night Owen and I sat on his bed, getting ready for bed, playing and talking. He decided he wanted to take two trucks to bed so he could play before he fell asleep. He turned them over, saw writing on the bottoms of each and asked me what they said.

Me: Made in China.
Owen: Santa makes toys in China?
Me: That's right. Santa brought you those, didn't he?
Owen: Yeah. So, he makes toys in China.
Me: I guess he outsources.
(No. I did not just say that.)
Owen: What's outsourcing?
Me: Well, I'm sure Santa has toys made all over the world because there are so many children. Don't you think?
Owen: Yeah. There are elves in China?
(Mayday! Mayday!)
Me: Yes. Yes, there are most definitely elves in China.
Owen: If you're an elf, how do you get to work for Santa? Does he find them and ask them?
Me: I'm sure Santa knows all the elf families and I expect there are elf families who've worked for Santa for generations all over the world.
Owen: Are they kids?
Me: Elves? No, they're mostly adults who are just little.
Owen: How does he get all the toys from China or all over the world to the North Pole so they can go on his sleigh?
Me: Freighters. Massive freighters that sail the world, collect toys and take them directly to the North Pole.
Owen: Good night daddy.
(Oh thank god.)
Me: Good night Owen.

Posted by Chris at January 24, 2013 7:48 AM

Wonderful save. Freighters? Brilliant answer.

Posted by: Ally Bean at January 24, 2013 9:14 AM

Good save! Quick thinking!!! Love the conversations you have with your kids and share with us!

Posted by: Kristin at January 24, 2013 9:45 AM

We had fun reading tags last time we were cleaning out my son's dresser. Made big piles all over the room depending on where the clothes were made. He learned about countries like Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia and India and Mexico and China. Found exactly ONE item that was made in the US- socks or underwear, I can't recall. Did the same hunt with Hot Wheels/Matchbox cars a bit later but most of those are Malayasia or China. Sigh.

Posted by: rebecca at January 24, 2013 11:19 AM

Rock star. I'm exhausted just reading that. Guess that's why I'm the cool Aunt.

Posted by: Ames at January 24, 2013 12:16 PM

Well done, sir. That was some fancy talking. It's amazing the corners we work ourselves into.

Posted by: Annie at January 24, 2013 6:18 PM

Wow - I wondered how you were going to get yourself out of that one! You did a remarkable job. I'm writing all that elf information down so I know when it comes up at our house.

Posted by: Kim k at January 25, 2013 9:15 AM

Remember this phrase and use it well: Santa is magic.

Posted by: Annie at January 25, 2013 4:15 PM