You never know what watching an episode of Oprah will get you. I live by my DVR and record my favorite day time shoes like Oprah, The View, etc. (Oprah, call me!) I use the weekends or the middle of the night when everyone is asleep to catch up on my shows. I was watching Oprah's episode on the little girl named Shilo with the Mermaid condition. If you don't know the story of the bravest little girl, read more here, The Little Mermaid.
Okay, back to Eggs and Fish. Because of her condition, Shilo has one ovary and therefore will be able to produce eggs.
Oldest was in the room and heard this. I had to brace myself with the possibilities of all that coming next.
Oldest: Girls make eggs!!!??
Me: (Pause) Yes, they do.
Oldest: What are you talking about? How do they make eggs? Are they in their bellies?
Me: (Pause) Yes, girls make eggs in their bellies. Want me to show you on Google? (Knee jerk reaction; bad, bad idea).
Ever do a search for female egg cell on Google? The first several images that pop up are the eggs and the sperm. This could only get worse. Oldest is asking me to click here, and click there and what better way to bring attention to something than to try to avoid it. My mind is racing on how to explain sperm, and how the sperm gets near the egg. I'm not ready for this conversation.
After about the third image Oldest is finally satisfied. "So girls make eggs with a bunch of little fish swimming around them." Without any hesitation I say, "Yep, that's right."
And he walked away. Phew! That was easy, for now. I need to get all my ducks in a row. How did you have "The Talk" with your child? What is the appropriate age for this?