Monday, July 12, 2010

What is inside?


“What is inside the soap?”
“More soap.”
“What is inside the more soap?”
“Even more soap.”
“What is inside the even more soap?”
“Bubbles.”
“What is inside the bubbles?”
“Air.”
“What is inside the air?”
“Molecules.”
“What is inside molecules?”
“Neutrons, protons and electrons.”
“What is inside that?”
“Sub-atomic particles.”
“What is inside that?”
“If you find out, you might win the Nobel Prize for Physics.”
“What’s that?”

If and when the four year old decides to become a scientist like his great grandfather, I wonder if he would remember that conversation he had while his mother was bathing him.


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A drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.

19 comments:

LTM said...

OMG, subatomic particles--you win! ;p LOVE that~

Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - I love this conversation! It reminds me so much of the kinds of questions my daughter asked when she was that age. I'll bet he'll be able to figure out that last answer when he grows up...

Jenny S. said...

This made me smile. It reminded me of talking to my older son, when he was that age, about the Big Bang. He's eleven now, but it seems like it was yesterday.

Karen Walker said...

This is so precious, Rayna. Your son sounds delightful. And I am quite impressed with your answers as well.
Karen

slommler said...

What is that?
A barn!
No it isn't!
Yes it is
No it isn't
What is it then
A cow garage.

Enough said!
LOL
Love the way kids think
Hugs
SueAnn

Mary said...

Some of my most memorable conversations are with the very young! Their sight is so fresh.

Giggles and Guns

Journaling Woman said...

First of all, your son is so darn cute that if he were any cuter you would have to eat him up to save him from cuteness.

Second, those types of conversations are so good for his brain and frankly our brains. It helps us learn all over again from a child's viewpoint. How refreshing.

Teresa

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You did good with the 'what' questions. Next time he'll hit you with the 'why.'

Tina said...

Sounds like a conversation with YellowBoy! He hates is though when the final answer is, "I don't know. You need to ask Dad about that one." This happens all too often...because I'm no engineer.

Deb and Barbara said...

LOVE it! Great that you could get him so deep inside the soap.

And love SueAnn's cow garage story too!

B

Jemi Fraser said...

LOVE the questions kids ask. And the repetitive qeustions are the most fun :)

siderealview said...

Such a masterful (mistressful) handling of both the drabble (I'm in awe) and the Big Question. And next time he asks a more penetrating question - and he will :) - then tell him the poem: (paraphrasing Oscar Wilde)
'Big Quarks have little Quarks upon their backs to bite'em
And little quarks have lesser quarks
And so ad infinitum
sorry - so inspired by your wee drabble, couldn't resist...
x he is a perfect clone of his Mama


I have it on good authority (Wikipedia) that subatomic particles have 'imaginary' energy nodes called quarks - - and when we get to that level, your darling son is more likely to be the next Nobel laureate, because his mind is better able to comprehend it than ours... <3 Marian

Holly Ruggiero, Southpaw said...

Bless the curious mind.

RosieC said...

Adorable! I love kids and their questions. Let us know when he wins the Nobel Prize.

Doli said...

Omg! your son looks so cute in this snap! definitely one to be framed :)

Clarissa Draper said...

I loved the conversation. It's like many I've had with my son.

CD

Ellie said...

Yes, Why is coming...get ready~!
I think you need to print this out and tuck it away in a journal about him!

Helen Ginger said...

Maybe not. But he will remember that you had conversations with him.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ LTM- with this kid, only he wins!

@ Margot- kids are wonderful at this age, aren't they?

@ Jenny- that must have been fun. and I bet he is the expert now.

@ Karen- It is, isn't it? I am supposed to have graduated in Physics, so theoretically, I should have been able to go on much longer.

@ SueAnn - a cow garage, indeed. What a vivid imagination.

@ Mary- it is, isn't it?

@ Journaling Woman- I will be sure to tell him that! And they are good for kids and us, aren;t they?

@ Alex - will come soon enough, I am sure.

@ Tina- I rarely get to that, because I am never sure teh father would have as much patience

@ Barbara- he got me in, methinks.

@ Jemi- they are, aren't they?

@ Marian - I will be sure to teach him that poem. Should keep him busy for a bit, figuring that out.

@ Holly- I thank my lucky stars for having him as my son everyday

@ RosieC- if he does, you will not need me to tell you :-)

@ Doli- that's a face that came after much practice in front of the mirror.

@ Clarissa- it is wonderful when we can have conversations like these, isn't it?

@ Ellie- I used to journal, but now I blog. I guess I should take a back up though!

@ Helen- like I remember some of my conversations with my grandfather. Yes, that is more likely.

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