"Mom...did you know that lawnmowers are bad for the earth?" Amaya yelled over the radio from the backseat.
"What? Where did you hear this?" I asked as I turned down the radio. My first thought, indoctrination.
"Do you know why?" She quizzed me.
"I can't wait to find out." I added with sarcasm.
"It's all of the oil they use." She was totally serious.
My husband and I looked at each other and started laughing.
"Amaya, I've had my lawnmower for ten years and I've only put oil in it once." My husband said still laughing. "Do you mean gas?"
"Who told you this?" I asked again.
"Ohhhhh...did you talk about what else is bad for the earth?"
"No just lawnmowers."
"There are bigger issues than lawnmowers. I think lawnmowers are the least of the earths problems." I told her.
"Well my teacher disagrees with you." She said bluntly.
"Ask her about cows."
"Cows? Cows aren't bad. Cows are living creatures. How are they bad?"
"Fart!!!" Rio yells and laughs hysterically. We were talking in a language a seven year old boy could relate to.
My husband an I tried to explain, but it was to comical for either one of them to take anything we said seriously.
"So unless you want to stop eating hamburgers and steak." My husband added.
"Well my teacher said one day we won't have lawnmowers anymore because they're so bad. And we need to help clean the planet." Amaya still holding her position.
"Why don't you start with cleaning your room, then well move on to the planet." I said.