July 17, 2008

Scientists!

I now have two budding scientists, Robotson is all about robots and Funny Girl is in love with the ocean.  Granted, a big part of that is mermaids, especially Ariel.  Her fascination is not limited to mythical sea creatures though.  She loves to watch the live web cam of the beluga whales at the aquarium and one of her favorite videos is a beluga whale giving birth.  

It's such a great interest to have because there is so much we don't know about the ocean yet.  It makes me want to take her to the aquarium, just the two of us.  In fact, I think I'll take her next week.  I just love watching them grow into their own interests.  She began talking about mermaids after watching Backyardigans.  Next thing you know she's a mermaid in the bathtub and then it was a whale.  When we went to the aquarium last time she begged for a beluga whale and we brought home three.  She still loves them, along with the whale shark from another visit.  She's started calling forks, "dingle hoppers."  She wears pillowcases to be a mermaid and she actually got upset when she found her little mermaid doll had feet under her fin dress!  We watch The Little Mermaid at least once a day and any episode of Backyardigans that is underwater.  There is so much more to talk about than just girly princess stuff, this is a very cool passion to have.  

Robotson is currently enamored with cyborgs.  He thinks his great-grandmother should get a robot knee so she can walk without pain.  After all, "she already has metal in her knee!"  He says he's a robot on the inside (I built him, you know).  I told him that makes him an android.  I really gotta get this kid watching Star Trek.  Maybe I should introduce him to the ideas of Singularity.  Interests change of course, but having two kids that are so in love with science from such an early age is so much fun!  One can only wonder what my youngest will be into in a couple of years.  

With all this mermaid talk right now, Robotson asked me if mermaids were real?  Right now almost all of his questions are about what is real and what is not.  So we looked them up.  We found wikipedia entries and videos and myths.  We even read about the little girl who was born with her legs fused together.  He came to the conclusion that they are, in fact, real.  I think he just isn't ready to give up all the fun parts of childhood beliefs yet.  He had a look in his eye that told me he wasn't really buying it.  I let him come to his own conclusions and he didn't ask me what I thought, so I left my opinions out.  A little later he asked me about a commercial he had seen where the guy just stands there staring at his car all night long.   He asked if people really do that.  We discussed what commercials are and what they are supposed to get you to do.  "Buy stuff humans don't need."  (He's a robot remember.)  I told him these marketers tell stories in their commercials to make the product seem interesting and cool, but that doesn't make the story itself real.  "That's not cool." he says.  

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