Mar 5, 2012

A Science Lesson

Mommy, the moon is usually on the other side of the sky.

Well, that's because the moon moves across the sky as the night goes on.  (I suddenly realize that it is not really the moon that moves and I am giving my daughter misinformation.)


Actually, the earth (which is what we live on) spins which makes it look like the moon is moving across the sky.

How, Mommy?

Um, because of physics.  (I realize that I don't actually know if this is the correct answer.)


No, honey.  Physics.


Because of planetary science.  (I'm not sure if this is right either.)

What's that?

The laws of nature...  (I am discovering I really don't know what I'm talking about.)

But what is it, Mommy?  Why?

(I am becoming desperate to figure out a way to explain it so that she stops asking, but I'm not dismissing her, but also not giving her wrong information.)

Because God made it that way.

Oh, okay.

So, aside from the fact that I feel like an idiot for not knowing what scientific vocabulary word is used to explain the earth's rotation, I realize that my daughter is already at the age of asking questions I don't know (or remember) the answers too.  Or at least how to explain it to her so she understands.  I thought I had at least another six to ten years before this would happen.

Thank goodness for Google.


  1. It only gets harder as they get older too and I'm pretty sure we are only breeding kids that are WAY smarter than we ever were at our young ages. Thank goodness for Google is right! I rely on it more than Coke Zero to get me through the day ;-)

    1. Yes, I think Google and my coffee are right on par with each other. The only problem is, it is a little too easy for me to "trust" the internet.


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