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Mister Logic – The Question Line

rumble strips

You know what a rumble strip is, right?  You know, the grooves on the side of the highway stripe, also known as sleeper lines.  The ones that by jolt you alert when you cross that line by causing your car to vibrate and make a rumbling noise?

I have crossed that line.  I know you have, too.

Not often, but when I do, Mister always asks, “What’s that Mommy?”  or “Why is it doing that, Mommy?”

My typical answer would be that I crossed the line and the road was letting me know to get back on the correct side to be safe.

Well, last night as we were driving home from a birthday party in Illinois, I crossed that line.  I was listening to a string of questions and commentary from Mister about the birthday party.

“Why did we go to a party?  Why did we have to leave the party? Did you see that big slide on the bounce house? I went down the slide all by myself and I wasn’t even scared! Sissy and Lores went down the slide, too.  But, Jamie was too little.  Did you see the car that A.J. gotted? It’s called a mini cooper.  A.J. shared it, wasn’t that so nice of him?  Did you see me drive it?   Why were there cars on the cake?  Why did A.J. get so many presents.   When I have a birthday, will I get that many presents?  Am I getting a party for my birthday?” Then suddenly… rumble, rumble, vibrate, vibrate.

From the back comes, “Why’s it doing that, Mommy? Why does it make that noise?”

Tiredly I replied, “So you could ask questions.”

I can’t tell you how many times I heard that line when I was growing up.  Typically when I was doing exactly what my son was doing… asking a litany of questions.

Silence from the back.  Considering the prior fifteen minutes had been filled with nonstop chatter, the sudden quiet was stark.  You could have heard a pin drop.

Then Mister piped up, “Mommy, will you drive over the question line again, I have a few more to ask.”

Hubs and I just chuckled.  That’s our quotable kid! I told him that once was enough for all the questions he could think of.

Resume chatter.

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Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. omg, I LOVE that kid! He is the funniest boy out there!

  2. LOL. I love it. Out of the mouths of babes.

  3. Oh LOL that is too funny. Kids can really put a smile on your face sometimes.

  4. BHAHAHAHAHA I love that he wanted you to do it again!!! I love kids they are hilarious!

  5. Keep driving over that lind (just a wee bit, and intentionally). Love the enthusiasm for new information!

  6. aren’t kids great they come up with the wildest things.

    yes i know that line me and the line were good friends way back when I worked til 2am I rumbbled it many a night and blessed to get shoved back on the road and make it home safe

    • You and I both! I love that the rumble strips are now so customary! I am sure many potential accidents have been avoided, and many lives saved, because of them!

  7. I’ve definitely turned into my mom… I hear myself saying things she did. 🙂 As for the questions – don’t you just love them, though? An inquisitive child is a smart child!

  8. Ok, that is hilarious!!