Do Trees Sleep?
Tommy stared out the window at the bare limbs of the dogwood tree in the backyard.
“Mom, do trees sleep?” he asked his Mom who was busy preparing dinner.
“Yes, they sleep during the winter. That’s why their branches are bare. They’re hibernating. And in the spring, they wake up in all their glory.”
“Oh yeah! I know about hibernating. Like bears. They eat lots and lots of food and get really fat and sleep all winter long. And their body eats the food they already eated in their fat bellies while they’re sleeping.”
“Er, um, something like that.”
Tommy sat at the kitchen table. He grabbed an apple and began to munch.
“Do bears poop while they sleep?”
Mom paused in mid slice. “Uh, no. I don’t think so.”
“But then, where does the poop go?”
“I think they just hold it in until they wake up.”
“But won’t that give the bear a tummy ache?”
“I don’t know…”
“Cause when I gotta go poop and I try to hold it in, my tummy hurts real bad. I wouldn’t be able to sleep.”
“Seriously, I’m not sure…”
“AND they must have the biggest, stinkiest poops in the whole world after months and months of not pooping! That’s really gross!” Tommy howled with laughter as he warmed to his topic.
“OK, enough! I don’t want to hear another word about poop!” Mom was exasperated.
Silence again for several minutes.
“Do bears fart while they hibernate?”