I was driving Hasya and Hilman to school just now, when Hilman asked me -
"Mommy, coconut is a seed, right?"
"Yes, Hilman - it's a seed. Coconut trees grow from coconuts."
He just had his Science exam yesterday, and I guess he was still thinking about what he had been revising before that - all about plants and living things, etc.
"What other seeds are there, Mommy?", he asked.
"Depends on what trees - if durian trees, we have durian seeds. If rambutan trees, we have rambutan seeds", I explained.
"Oooo....Okay", he said, and asked, "How do we make seeds, Mommy?"
"We don't MAKE seeds, dear...", I said.
Before I could continue with my explanation, Hasya who had been listening all these while, said to Hilman, "What la you! You don't know anything!! Seeds come from fruits laaa!"
Hasya being Hasya, she just didn't have any patience with her lil' brother, especially when he starts asking questions which to HER should be a no-brainer!
"Okay", Hilman replied. "But, how do we make fruits? Where do fruits come from?"
"From seeds la!!!" Hasya was really losing her patience with her brother.
"I know...I know! BUT, where do seeds come from, K.Ngah?!!" Now HILMAN was losing his patience with his sister (which is VERY rare indeed!)
By this time, I had started to laugh uncontrollably, and both of them looked at me, and both yelled, "Why Mommy?!!!"
Hilman then looked at Hasya, "K.Ngah, I want to know!!! Where do seeds come from?!"
"From fruits laaaa!!!" Hasya replied and she started laughing with me, realizing at that point, that she for once could not give an answer to her little brother's queries!
By that time, Hilman was also laughing at the backseat of my car!
And in between laughters, I told both of them -
"Allah swt made the first seeds for ALL living things, Hilman...Hasya..."
"Oooo...okay," came a short reply from Hilman.
"You're right, Mommy - ALL things are created by Allah, right?" Hasya looked at me.
"Yes, from the first seed, we got the tree, the fruit, and some more seeds, and it goes on and on..." I explained to both of them.
"Okay...thank you, Mommy!" Hilman thanked me for making him understand (I think!)
By that time, we had already reached the Balai Menunggu in front of the school. I dropped them off, the two of them kissed and salam my hand, and I kissed their heads.
I said to Hilman, "Tonight you will have to revise for your Bahasa Arab exam, okay?"
To which he said, "Okay, Mommy....but, Mommy, who made (created) Bahasa Arab?"
Oh no...here we go again....