One rather innocent afternoon, the five year old asked me, "Mommy? How do we make boogies?"
I gave her what I thought to be a rather scientific explanation. One that was probably somewhat true, very basic, and encouraged good habits along the way.
"You know we have to drink a lot of fluids, right? Well, we do that so our bodies stay moist where they're supposed to, like in our noses. Then, when we sleep, or breathe a lot through our nose, the mucus dries out and turns into boogies."
Kinda right. Encourages good fluid consumption. Go mom.
Two or three days later, the payout:
Sitting in a restaurant, she asks if she can drink some of my iced tea. I give her permission. Several large gulps later...
"Mommy! I drank lots and lots of fluid so my body can make more boogies so I can eat 'em!"
I might need to stop sharing my iced tea.