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Why?

Time for bed, Sweetie.
Why?
Because you need your sleep.
Why?
Because you’ll be cranky tomorrow, if you don’t get your sleep.
Why?
Because Dad and I will be cranky tomorrow, if you don’t get your sleep.
Why?
Sometimes I answer, “Because I said so. That’s why.” And then I start giggling and tell my kid, “I always wanted to be the grownup, so I could say that.”
That response always makes my daughter angry, although — as a consequence — she’s developed a really fine dark sense of humor that does her daddy and me proud.
And now it’s my turn.
Why do grownups stop asking, “Why?”
Because we get worn out by all the questions.
Why?
Oh, here’s a good one: “Why do we have to send our kids to public schools?”
Because the State says we should.
Why?
To promote a general diffusion of knowledge and intelligence
Why?
To preserve the rights and liberties of the people
Why does the State have to force the people to preserve their own rights and liberties?
Because the State said so. That’s why.

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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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