July 3, 2008

Stars and Stripes

Robotson and I just had an interesting conversation.  We are reading a book on the revolutionary war and he asked if King George III was alive when he was born.  I explained that this all took place a couple of hundred years ago and none of those people are alive now.  So he named everyone he could think of that was older than him to find out if any of them had been alive.  Suddenly it dawned on him that no one from that time was still here.  He asked if he was there as a different kid then.  I told him I didn't think so, and asked if he remembered being there?  He said, "No."  Then he asked if he would be a different kid later, after he died.  I told him I could not be sure but I did not think that would happen either.  Then he talked about what he might see when he is dead.  "Would I see black?"  I asked him what he saw before he was born and he said he couldn't remember.  He thought about the only person he knows that is dead, his Pops (great grandfather) and wondered out loud what he sees now.  I let him think about that without any input from me.  After a while I said, "Remember how we are all made from stars?  Well when we die our brains stop, our hearts stop, and our bodies decompose until be become part of the earth again.  Someday the sun will expand and then shrink down and become dust and particles again which will later condense to form another star.  This will be in billions of years but some day we'll be stars again and I think that is very cool."  He said, "I wonder if I'll be a girl star then?"  


  1. The star analogy is simply a beautiful way to explain life and death to a child. I hope you don't mind if I use it for my own children...a girl star...how very, very heartwarming and sweet.
    Happy days to you and your family,

  2. Thanks Darla :) One of my son's favorite books is George's Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy and Stephen Hawking. He really latched onto the idea that we all came from stars so we talk about it a lot. Definitely use it if it helps!