Saturday, September 23, 2006

Two From Number Two

This morning I was taking son #2 to his soccer game when he came up with a couple of interesting points. They might be writing lessons but I haven't taken the time to cleverly figure out how.

First he asked who came up with the shape of a star. I wasn't quite clear on what he meant so I asked for further explanation. He said, "You know how you draw a star but the star really doesn't look like that." I had to think about it for a moment. Who did decide to draw a five pointed star the way we do? The answer I gave him was that light has a way of reflecting or refracting with four, six, or more points and some caveman must have tried to draw stars that way. After that, it's just a matter of picking how many points you'd like. It sounded plausible and authoritative and it may have been true.

Next he started commenting on what he would do if he really had a wish. "I'd wish that the whole world had people in it that were nice to each other all the time and that there was no war ever." Then he stared out the window for a moment. "If I had a second wish... I'd wish for a guitar."


seren said...

Isn't asking questions something writers do all the time? Perhaps not about the shapes of stars but about a subject that concerns us all and fascinates us endlessly - the human condition.

What would it be like to feel ..?
What would happen if . . .?
What if the world was different . . ?
What is love?
What is truth?
What is justice?
What is wickedness?
How far do you go in pursuit of your ambition?
Can love overcome all obstacles?
Does avenging a wrong make it right?
Is it always wrong to tell lies?
Is 'a little knowledge a dangerous thing'?
How far do you act on your beliefs?

I could go on and on . . .

Behind every great story there's always a contentious question.

~Nancy said...

Out of the mouths of babes...

And kudos to the Seahawks for hanging in there against the Giants. ::sigh::

Nice blog.