“It was Spring.
The leaves burst out.
The flowers burst out.
And robins burst out of their eggs.”
“How are the baby robins made?”
“The mommy robin makes the baby in the egg inside herself and then keeps the eggs warm and safe while the babies grow big enough.”
That answer would have been enough a few months ago. Now there’s a pause – this clearly didn’t answer his real question.
“But how does the mommy robin make the baby?”
Oh shoot. I guess there’s a reason they call it “the birds and the bees”…
“Well, a special cell from the mommy robin – called an egg cell – meets up with a special cell from the daddy robin – called a sperm cell – and they combine to make a brand new cell that grows and grows into a baby robin. Baby birds grow inside eggs just like baby Aubade grew inside Mommy.”
Pause. He looks like it makes sense to him but he’s still thinking it over… I’m hoping this is all the information he needs and I open my mouth to start reading the book again.
“How did Mommy make baby Aubade?”
“The same way a mommy robin makes her babies! An egg cell from Mommy and a sperm cell from Daddy got together to make a new cell that grew and grew, forming Aubade’s shape and organs until she was big enough to be born.”
Then I quickly kept reading before he could ask how the sperm and egg cells found each other!