A bus to home, around April 1998
Boy: What came after the Iron Age?
Mom: [silence] Look, there is a nice bird on the street.
Taiga Fox: [thinking] When I have kids of my own I will always answer their questions properly. Especially if I'm sitting on a bus.
A metro train to home, November 2006
Taiga Fox: Yes?
A: Do people grow after death?
J: Why there are volcanoes?
A: Are you going to be Granny one day?
J: Is it possible to hit a knife onto the moon?
A: Did great Grandma know what happened around her, when she couldn't speak or see anymore?
J: How deep are the meteorite lakes?
A: Is the sun made of fire?
J: Can I have a magnifying glass?
A: How come it's possible that a fiery ball is hanging on the air?
J: How long does it take until the sofa is on fire?
A: Why do some people promise something and then they forget it?
J: Can I have a mobile?
A: What are the worms eating?
J: If I can't have a mobile, how am I going to make an emergency call if something happens to you and you haven't had time to tell us what to do in that situation?
Taiga Fox: [long silence] Look, isn't that a funny advertisement on the wall?
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