Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Giving back his medals

"Mom! Mom! MOM!!!!!!!!! " yelled one boy from the back of the van.

"Yes" I said in a much quieter voice.

"Did you know that Michael Phelps, um, drank drugs? So-and-so told me today" he informed me.

"Does that mean he has to give back his gold medals?" asked his brother.

And so began the explanation about performance enhancing drugs and "recreational" drugs (which are still, technically, illegal).

Which led to this response,

"But what will be his consequence for taking drugs? Won't he be punished?"

I just love the black-and-white world of 8-year-olds.


Goofball said...


and yes, sometimes it's tiring to function in a grey-scale world

Jenn in Holland said...

I wonder what they think the consequence should be? I find kid perspective quite fascinating.

CableGirl said...

I'm with Jenn. What sort of consequence do they think there should be? Giving back the metals? Interesting.

Patois said...

To Phelps' credit, at least he's opening the door to lots of talk about heroes and role models and drug use.

Heather said...

I wonder why these athletes have to always mess up?