Why doesn't he chase a different mouse?

United States
August 9, 2008 1:41am CST
My 11 year old son was recently watching cartoons on a Saturday morning. As it turned out he was watching Tom and Jerry. He turned to me and said very seriously "Mom, why doesn't he just chase another mouse?". At first I laughed and said "Good question", but as I got to thinking about it I realized the depth of his observation and I thought, "Why don't we all chase a different mouse?". Why do we do the same thing over and over knowing it will bring the same results? Isn't it funny how an innocent observation by a child can be so insightful? Have you had anyone say something to you as innocently as this which gave you reason for pause?
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@Rosekitty (19441)
• San Marcos, Texas
9 Aug 08
Morning Kat..WOW! even i never said something like that when i watched Tom and Jerry at 11..you got a thinker there! Smartie pants..lol.. With all the kids and grandkids..I'm sure i've heard some real zingers too but since its early i can't think right now..LOL.. Huggles
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• United States
9 Aug 08
Yes, Rose he floors me with his never ending wit. You just never know what he might come up with next. I'm sure your kids and grandkids will prove to be just as astounding. Bye the way, good morning to you. Have a cup of coffee, just like I plan to do. LOL.
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@Rosekitty (19441)
• San Marcos, Texas
9 Aug 08
Why Thank you Kat..tips her cup to Kat...whoops almost spilled it on her..hmmm better go get a sippie cup..lol..
@dropofrain (1168)
• India
9 Aug 08
I think he has avery deep thought. Its indeed a deep question. I never had anyone asking me such innocent question which has moved my life. But I have a lot of friends who have and relatives who have moved my life and made a lot of difference to my life. children very cutely tend to affect our thought process which is not thought by our monotony.
• United States
9 Aug 08
That simple question has had me thinking ever since my son asked it. I just feel like it is a question we could all apply to our lives. Don't you think?
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
11 Aug 08
well you know the old saying "Out of the mouths of Babes." children are very insightful. what a wonderful question from your son. we should all be chasing a differenet mouse or at least come up with a different way of trying to catch the same mouse. doing the same thing over and over trying to get the same results is what is none as being insane!!
• United States
11 Aug 08
As adults we are all guilty of doing the same things over and over trying to get different results. You think we would know better, but it took a 12 year old to remind me that what I'm doing just isn't working. I must be insane. LOL.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
11 Aug 08
i think we all have insane moments. that's why i say we do better when we know better
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
11 Aug 08
A lot of the time it takes a child to point out things that adults are too blind to see! Your son is very insightful and seeing it from a child's eye and a child's point of view puts a whole different perspective on things we either take for granted or just haven't got the time to stop and wonder. We live in a rush rush world that most adults don't actually stop, pause and give things more thought, perhaps if we did that we would get along better and the world would be in a much better state! It's a shame we have to grow up.
• United States
14 Aug 08
You are absolutely right. Sometimes we are so involved in things that are so simple and yet we can't see it. Its as if we have to make a production out of everything, when it doesn't have to be a production.
• United States
9 Aug 08
Amazing, I want to go shower my little ones with kisses just because he said that, that made my day and I know i will be pondering this all day. I am always reading about children and their developing minds, right now Im reading a old book about sparking kids love for learning but its these moments that really make it clear, your so right.
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
9 Aug 08
Isn't doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result the definition of insanity? lol Maybe Tom is a bit looney. Besides, if Tom chased a different mouse the show would be Tom and George or something. Doesn't carry the same ring to it does it? Sounds like your son is a thinker. That is a good thing. One thing my daughter said recently is:" Mom I don't want to go to kindergarten this year. I don't want you to be by yourself" She is worried for me. I just hugged her and told her I wasn't going to be alone. We are getting ready for a new baby. My hands will be full. I just love her thoughtfulness.
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• United States
11 Aug 08
Oh yes kbourgerie and children are good for saying things or asking questions that stops us in our tracks. One day I was having a conversation with my son who was 17 at the time and he was having an argument with his, at the time, 12 year old brother. I was trying to tell him that he needs to let it go because he is older and it was basically childish. He said to me, "mommy you may be able to do it but I can't. Not everyone is like you". And I thought about what he said for a moment and I started thinking to myself that I wish everyone could be like me because I don't like arguing and fighting. I'm a more for peace type of woman and he really had me thinking hard with that statement he made. Take care and God Bless!
• United States
11 Aug 08
Its funny how we expect our children to be just like us until they remind us in their own way, that they aren't us. My children have done that on more than one occassion. It makes you stop and think.
@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
23 Aug 08
Tom chases Jerry because Jerry lives in his house, and it's Tom's duty to catch him. I find that obvious.
• Indonesia
18 Aug 08
hi again, kbourgerie. I'm back (still trying to manage my time again after the messed schedule during these months) well, LOL. that's a great observation. bhahahahaa ... I also wonder if Tom chased another mouse, where would Jerry be? :P but there is Nibbles sometimes (that little grey one, Jerry's nephew, I guessed?) and then the situation would be even more exciting when we watched Jerry running here and there to save the little mouse from Tom's attack or trap. LOL. but I guess Tom is really curious to find out how to finally catch Jerry completely. LOL. isn't the more difficult to get, the more challenging it will become?
@pam210 (345)
• United States
10 Aug 08
What a great observation and great that you can relate it to the adult life. I know that my 5 yr old is always coming up with some question or comment that makes me stop and think. It seems that when we become adults and sucked into the stress of everyday life we forget and overlook the important things in life. Sometimes I just have to stop everything and listen to my kids. Each night I come home from work and am in a hurry to get dinner on the table. Alot of times my daughter just wants to talk to me. One night as I was rushing to get dinner on the table she told me "mom I'm really not hungrey we can wait to eat". That told me right there I need to take the time to unwind and relax with my kids. They won't starve if we eat an hour later then normal.
• United States
9 Aug 08
I still love that cartoon to that day and NEVER thought that! I just figured that was the only mouse around to chase. hmmm...maybe thats why we do repeat our behavior because its nothing else to chase or nothing else to do. The idle mind is a playground..we need to get out!
@hans1995 (10)
• United States
9 Aug 08
thats a very good Q but i have no idea the answer to but maybe they formed a bond some how
• United States
9 Aug 08
That is cute how your son asked you this and to think how our kids come up with this kind of stuff like they do. My son asked me why scooby and shaggy were always scared at the silliest of things always running and hideing like they do. I told him that it's all make believe and that was how they chose to do it when creating the cartoon. I like tom and jerry those two always up to no good lol. :)
@kbjunior15 (1309)
• United States
9 Aug 08
That is a smart kid. Kids are so amazing at how they think and decipher things. We don't give them near the credit that they deserve.
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
9 Aug 08
Kids always come out with the most interesting observations. They tend to make me stop and think at times. I cant think if an example off the top of my head but it has happened. I know occasionally I do things over and over hoping i did something wrong the first time and will get the results i want the second time around. Other times its more habit than anything else.