Today Namine was watching The Three Musketeers (the Mickey Mouse version, not the wire-fu version) and she asked, “Why are all the animal boys and girls dressed like people?” It was not a question we were prepared for coming from a five year old.

It’s been obvious to us for a long time that Namine has a sharp mind. She notices things that we don’t. While other parents complain about dragging their kids along to the grocery store, I prefer to have her with me. More than a few times, she’s reminded me of what to get for dinner. She will invariably add pizza rolls to the list, but that’s just how we do.

Some things, though, we take for granted. Some things just are — they’ve always been this way, and have been since before we existed. So we accept it for being truth, even though when you stop and think about it, it makes no sense. Like anthropomorphic animals, and this gif. How meta!

But further proof — as if we needed it — that Namine is her own person, and in possession of a critical mind, is that she is now questioning everything. I’m not talking about rebellion; she’s well-behaved and always desires to be kind. No, she’s starting to question why things are the way they are, and we couldn’t be more proud.

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