Thursday, November 17, 2011
Fists and Brains
--Post-dinner conversation with my 4th grader as we cleaned the kitchen Tuesday evening--
Dad! I need to go to the dollar store!
Because one of the kid's at school today had a new calculator. He said he got it at the dollar store.
Really? How much did it cost?
Wow. That's a good deal.
Can we go?
--I look to my EC for instructions. She nods, granting permission--
Yes, we can go - but first we need to get haircuts. Deal?
-- So, off we went for haircuts and then headed to the dollar store for a calculator. When we arrived, he immediately raced down one of the aisles in search of the legendary $1 calculator. He had already found it before I sauntered up. --
Yeah, but this one is kinda boring.
What about this one - it's bigger and green.
Or this one is green and gray.
That's even better!
How much is it?
Are you sure?
Dad - it's the dollar store!
My treat. That means I'll pay for it.
No, it's OK, I brought 4 quarters and a dime - for tax.
I'm happy to pay for it.
No, I'm fine. I'll pay for it with my own money.
Alright - that's good. Let's get some colored Tootsie Rolls* for me, and we'll get outta here.
Hey Dad - Since I'm paying for my calculator, it would be OK if you bought me some bubble gum.
Sure. Go ask the man how much it costs.
(hesitation) It's a dollar.
Are you sure?
Ha! Almost got you.
--Then the conversation got a bit more "cerebral"--
Hey Dad. Did you know that your brain is the same size as your fist?
What do you mean?
I read in our "Body Book" at school that my brain is the same size as my fist. Yours too.
I think you mean that your heart is the same size as your fist.
No, I mean brain. It was in the book.
No, your fist is the same size as your heart - mine too - brains are a lot bigger.
But Dad, you aren't listening. I read it at school.
But look at the size of your head, then look at the size of your fist. Your brain has got to be a lot bigger, or it would bounce around in there.
Yeah, but it says it in the book! It must be true, or they wouldn't write it in the book! The book talked about brains, and intestines, and skin, but it didn't talk about the heart at all. So I would have remembered!
OK, OK, easy! Either you misunderstood, or the book is wrong.
I'm not wrong! You're wrong! My brain is the size of my fist!
Hmmm. If it were one of my teenagers, I would have readily agreed.