Wednesday, October 20, 2010
"What?" he responded quizzically.
"Gravity. That is what makes things fall to the ground when they slip out of your hands."
He gave another puzzled look, prompting his mother to raise a napkin above the table and drop it to the surface. "See how the napkin drops? Gravity is what pulls it down. Gravity is also what keeps us from floating away while we walk around. The Moon has less gravity we do on Earth, that is why things on the Moon float around so easily."
At that Lukas turned over his now empty milk glass. It was a Halloween cup with floating glitter encased in its sides, much like a snow globe. The glitter responded by gently settling to the bottom. He then proceeded to turn the cup from one end to the other studying its reaction.
"Is this Gravity?" he asked as he turned his gaze back to the two of us who were in turn watching his science experiment.
"Yes, it sure is son." I replied. "And do you know why Gravity is making the glitter fall to the bottom when you turn it over?
"Because it's pulling it down?" It was less a question than a statement. "Right!" Mrs. LIAYF and I responded in unison.
It was another proud moment for the both of us, and another indication that our 3 year old is daily grasping more of the intricacies of the world around him. He is growing up before our eyes.
However, that is not all I will take away from this moment. How it came about is yet another reason why I love my wife so much. I spend a large portion of my time interacting with Lukas, showering love and laughter his way and interspersing tidbits of knowledge where I can. But, while Mrs. LIAYF does all of these things as well, she also counterbalances my sometimes over-the-top silliness by constantly identifying and making use of teachable moments in everyday situations.
Such as the example above.
Yes, I am a loving and involved father. The world certainly needs more of those. However, even though this is a dad blog, I would be remiss if I didn't occasionally acknowledge the amazing daily contributions my wife makes to the raising of our son.
We are a team. But she's the one who keeps us all grounded.
Posted by James (SeattleDad) at 5:00 AM