Question: (Merriam Webster) A sentence, phrase, or word that asks for information or is used to test someone’s knowledge.

(Urban Dictionary) Used in the beginning of a sentence when a person is either lost or confused.

Where would we be in life if we didn’t ask questions? How would we learn anything? Gain a sense of understanding? Find out the meaning of life? Everyone asks questions. Some are rhetorical while others can be answered without a second thought.

About five years ago, I moved from New York City to Tampa, Fl. When I first arrived in Tampa, I spent a couple of months living with family. One person I lived with was my cousin, who was six-years-old at the time.

Before moving to Tampa, I had some concerns because I had a Black Lab named Phantom who was not used to being around younger kids. I wanted to make sure that my little cousin was not going to be afraid of the dog and that Phantom was not going to be afraid of my little cousin.

The day that I moved in was chaotic to say the least. But, it was finally time for my little cousin and Phantom to meet. I made Phantom sit down so that my cousin could come up to him slowly and pet him. Instead of me being concerned about the two getting along, I should have been more concerned about the questions that my cousin was going to have upon meeting Phantom. As my little cousin approached Phantom, she looked up at me and asked, “Why does your dog have so many nipples?”

I wasn’t ready! *in my Kevin Hart voice* How do you explain to a six-year-old why a dog has eight nipples? This wasn’t my child. I didn’t want to give her too much information and then have her mother upset with me. I didn’t want to lie either. I replied, “Ask your mom when she gets home.” That was the quickest response I could think of. But of course, the questions didn’t stop there. Every uncomfortable question that a child could ask an adult was asked that day. “What is the pink thing poking out between the dog’s legs?” “Where is Phantom’s girlfriend?” “Does Phantom and his girlfriend have puppies?” “How do dogs make puppies?” etc…. That was the longest 5 minutes of my life! I answered all of my little cousin’s questions with, “Ask your mom when she gets home.”

It’s normal to question things in life. You actually should ask questions if you don’t understand something, (unless you’re involved with the Mob, then you shouldn’t ask questions about ANYTHING) but you shouldn’t answer questions unless you are fully prepared to take responsibility for what is going to come out of your mouth.

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