Four-year-olds ask fascinating questions. Keegan yesterday inquired, “Mommy, how do we coop?”
My brain grasped at straws. Was he thinking of housing chickens and building a hen coop? Or was he pondering finances–surely if we can recoup money we must coup it to begin with.
Perplexed I said, “I’m not sure, what do you mean?”
He repeated his question, then asked, “Can we go next door to ask?”
This was getting even stranger, involving the whole neighborhood, “Umm… Why should we ask next door?”
In a decisive tone, Keegan cleared it all up, “Mr. and Mrs. Cooper would know how!”
Ah, yes! Our neighbors the Coopers might be just the people to ask! I told Keegan he can ask them when they are over here the next time.
(A little research revealed that coopers were originally barrel makers.)