- Can you break your head?
- Wouldn't you need to use a saw, like the one Daddy has in the garage, to break your head for real?
- If you did break your head off, you would be dead, right?
- Would you be dead right away? Could they fix you up at the hospital? You know, put your head back on.
And then I finally started to figure out the source of these weird questions when he asked:
- You have to jump in the water at the deep end of the pool, right Mom? If you jump in where it's shallow, you'll get dead. Because you'll break your head off. Right?
Of course, no one's ever said that to him explicitly. But they don't have to. In every single pool we've visited this summer, there's been a posted sign with some iteration of this image...