Thursday, April 30, 2009

Teachable Moments?

Riding in the car to daycare a few days ago, the following conversation ensued:

[B] "Dad, Look at that big crane!"

[D] "That isn't a crane."

[B] "What is it?"

[D] "It is a concrete dispensing arm."

[B] "What is that?"

[D] "Concrete trucks can't fit into buildings and you can't always get it to where you need it from the truck.  Somebody found a way to pump it via those crane like arms and tubes into virtually anywhere you need it."

[B] "Cool."

[B] "Dad, I'm like the smartest kid in class, and over half of what I know I learn from you."

The future is going to be a scary scary place.  I'm so sorry for all of you and apologize profusely in advance.

"Until you forget what you think you know and what you think is possible, you will never know what is truly attainable."


  1. You E's sure are knowledgeable. It's a bit intimidating to the rest of the world...I'm sure B will gain the wisdom to accompany that knowledge along the way and we'll have nothing to worry about!

  2. Pascal's Water... wait, I mean WagerMay 05, 2009 12:18 PM

    Over 1/2 of what he knows?! That means between 51 and 100 percent... hm... yes, that is a bit Whoa Nelly, hold the horses. Can he get out a bit more? :) KIDDING!! What a lucky egg he is. He'll be pondering string theory next year while my kids... (oh, set fires. Nevermind.)

  3. Anon,
    I'm not that knowledgeable...and all I can hope for is that B will have more wisdom than I. :-)

    Pascal Rascal,
    I do try to get him out more!! We talk about nuclear theory, gravity, time, and strings now...not that he really gets it...but he knows more than I did at his age. Your kids are amazingly brilliant too, and mostly they use their powers for good...


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