Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Simplest Logic

"I don't think I want to be a pilot", my older one said. "Flying a plane is very boring. I want to be a scientist."
"Mamma, can he be a scientist?", the younger one asked.
"He can be anything he wants to be", I said. Then added, "But to be a scientist, you need to be really good at Maths."
"I don't like Maths", he replied. "But I want to be a scientist, because scientists are really cool. So, I will be a scientist without Maths."
"If you wish."

Oh to be seven and have the world at your command.

drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.


Mason Canyon said...

It is a wonderful world of possibilities through their eyes and you can't help but smile. That keeps the world on track.

Thoughts in Progress

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Mason- it does, doesn't it?

Saumya said...

Yes, there is something so pure about having a world of possibilites at your feet. We should learn from the mind of a child!

Jules said...

The beauty of innocence :) I love the conversation you have with your boys.
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Damyanti said...

It is sad how we lose that self-belief as we grow older.

Karen Walker said...

I love the peek into your world with your children, Rayna. They sound absolutely delightful.

Clarissa Draper said...

Yeah, eventually they find out anyway. As long as we don't burst their bubble now. Great post!


Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - I just love your son's logic!! I think that's one reason that children can be so incredibly creative. They are not bound by conventional logic and linear thinking. They create whatever world they want and it's often much more interesting, lively and beautiful than the world adults create...

Jan Morrison said...

Why can't we all be so clear!

Dyche Designs said...

Got to love that, oh to be a child again.

Drama Queen said...

I love that. I love your stories.

RA said...

It's sad we loose that command when growing up. Wonderfully written as always. :)

Mary said...

I have no doubt if his dream remains he will make it happen. he optimism of a child, how sad that we lose it.

LTM said...

and there you have it... why Leigh was never a scientist... :D LOL! I love them--too cute~ <3

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

He might surprise you one day!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Hi, Rayna! I love your drabbles. I've decided to try them with my composition students this semester. :-)

I saw you listed at Kittie Howard's blog as an award winner - congratulations!

Kittie Howard said...

Rayna, I've got a little something for you over at my place. Enjoy!

Your drabbles are great. Have you thought about selecting one theme, throwing it open to a particular group (students/housewives/or ?) and turning this into a book??? You've got something really great going here.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Saumya- it is a pity we forget what we once thought we were capable of, isn't it?

@ Jules- thank you. They are chatterboxes, and keep me entertained for hours- unfortunately, they are the hours when I am trying to get them to bed.

@ Damyanti- very.

@ Karen- they are absolute delights when they are not making me pull my hair out in frustration

@ Clarissa- I guess they will. Or they may even learn to love maths

@ Margot- so true. Limitless possibilities, that's what a child's world it. And we spend a lifetime knocking sense into them. I wish we didn't, because it is good to dream limitless, isn't it?

@ Jan- because we are not children? Because we know 'better'.

@ Dyche Designs- wouldn't that be great?

@ Sherrie- thank you. And I have been reading, just not commenting.

@ RA- thank you. And such a pity.

@ Mary- I would rather he learn to love maths, but I am greedy

@ Leigh- now that is something we don't have in common- I love maths

@ Alex- I would love to be surprised, if this is the surprise he springs on me.

@ Shannon- they are a great writing exercise. Would be looking to hear more about how it works out.

@ Kittie- thank you. And a bunch of us do drabble together. Do drop by sometime - www.the-burrow.org

Lola Sharp said...

That is my kind of logic! (I don't like maths either.)

I love your drabbles. :)

Have a delightful day,

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Lola - trust a kid to re-arrange the world! And thank you.

Hart Johnson said...

*giggles* I'm going to be a famous author without the editing.


I love his command of his universe.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

Tami- in his Universe, anything is possible.

Anonymous said...

I love the dreams of seven-year-olds! My son is also seven. He doesn't want to be cool in school - he wants to be a maths geek or a gaming nerd... ;-)

Rayna M. Iyer said...

Fiona- your son is the cutest thing there is!


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