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Because I said so
by Tami Otterstatter
08/24/05
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“Because I said so!”

Fess up parents. We’ve all uttered that end-all answer after a barrage of curious questions leaves us exasperated.

In my house, the “because I said so” brings an end to the questions for a breath or two only to be followed up by the open ended, “Why?”

Depending on the day, my mood, and how many questions I’ve fielded before resorting to my final answer, I will either try again to come up with something logical to satisfy my child or I’ll pull out my really final end-all answer, “Because I’m the mom.”

Every once in a while, when there’s just no satisfying the endless chain of questions, I will give in and admit that I just don’t know the answer my child is so desperately seeking. At that point, my little one has two options; either he gives up his quest for the truth, or he seeks to discover an answer for himself.

In particular, I’m remembering the time my youngest wanted to know, in no uncertain terms, why dirt was black. I tried everything from explaining decay and organic minerals, to discussing worm poop.

Although he was amused, my son was not satisfied. It wasn’t a situation that warranted a final answer like, “because I said so”, but it was a situation where I just didn’t have any more ideas. So I resorted to the admission that I just didn’t know why dirt was black.

My son disappeared to the backyard for a while and when he returned, fingertips soiled and face smudged, he didn’t ask anymore questions. Instead, announced that he knew why the dirt was black.

“Why, honey?”

“Because God made it that way.”

Good answer. Why didn’t I think of that?

The controversy of whether or not Darwin’s Theory of Evolution should be exclusively taught in public schools has been fanned again with President Bush’s recent comments on the teaching of Intelligent Design. Quite frankly, the Theory of Evolution is one of my major concerns with public schools.

Why is something that is admittedly called a theory passed along as fact? Why do we have to settle for one and only one “theory” for our children? Why are there only three states that require the scientific criticisms of Darwin’s theory be taught. Why can’t scientist admit that they just don’t know exactly how the wonder of our world and human beings came to be? Why can’t we introduce our young people to another possibility…that maybe we are the way we are because God made us this way? Why? Why? Why?

And I watch with dismay with the majority of America as those few who seem to hold their thumb over the public school system answer my questions with their end-all answer;

“Because we said so.”

Guess what, that answer just isn’t quite good enough for me. And as our children enter the classroom again for a new school year, I pray that answer isn’t good enough for all the other parents out there as well.

Don’t settle for less than the Truth…Keep asking America!


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