If the car used to much gas, they could get one that used less. If they didn't like the tires, they could change those. They could even change the color of the car.
Later in the story when the baby comes around, the baby grows up to need glasses. And I basically explained in the story that mommy and daddy can choose the car, but we don't get to choose our bodies.
We don't get to walk around a huge lot of bodies and say, "Oh, I'm going to have that one because it will make me a faster runner." We get stuck with the body we're born in and we have to deal with everything, including the bad stuff.
What a wonderful way of explaining to kids using an anecdote, how we often times get broken bodies either at birth or later on in life and how we cant control it.
My daughter knows i wear diapers. She is 4 years old. at her age, especially with her in pull ups and not close to potty training yet, she just thinks im a strange adult who wear diapers. she is too young to understand the why of it. what i do know is that she still loves me, she still respects me, still comes to me for her 4 year old needs and our relationship nor her view of me hasnt changed. She just asks me every time she gets told to go and try to potty, : daddy, you need to go potty too?
one day she will be at an age to understand if she asks, why i have to wear diapers. in the mean time, i have discovered the why isnt important. im okay with being strange as long as she loves me.
So many of us incontinent folks have been primed by society to be ashamed of having urine or fecal control issues and having to use diapers. we grew up with the knowledge that only babies wear diapers so diapers are grouped with babies in our sub conscious. Its the shame that causes us to fear what our kids will do when they find out daddy or mommy has issues getting to the potty on time or in my case and others, not at all because the incontinence is so severe and we wear diapers to deal with it.
it is in this society that we say with confidence usually to our selves that babies and diapers are cute. part of that "i totally need you dad and mom stage". its only when our kids grow up and start moving towards being an adult that they become part of a society that look at diapers and incontinence as being a shameful problem. a silent problem. something we dont talk about or learn to be funny about.
I once knew and older elderly gentleman who had reached a stage in his life where he needed to wear diapers. one day his grandson who still had accidents and needed a pull up, walked in on him in the bathroom and saw him changing his diaper. The little kid walked up to his grand dad and asked matter of factly: " why grandpa do you wear diapers. The gentleman paused and thought for a second, trying to fathom a way to answer his grandson in a way he'd understand. he eventually settled on something: When you get as old as i am you find that some times you cant find the potty in time or even sometimes where one is. the grandson smiled and then said: grandpa if you ever need help finding the potty, just ask me. ill help you. Sometimes i cant make it in time too. we can find it together.
Kids have to be taught to see differences as something to be teased. as long as we teach them right and as long as we dont treat diapers as something to be ashamed of, our kids will treat diapers and accidents as something that is part of life no matter if you are a 5 year old an elderly gentleman or a 30 year old guy like me.
In closing im thankful that as my daughter continues to grow up to be a kid, she will be like that kid in the story and offer to help me find the potty rather than question my adult hood because i have to wear diapers.