Does this happen to anyone else?
We go about our day,
and stumble upon a cultural or technological reference
that will perplex the children.
Recently, as we sat about eating lunch,
one daughter read a joke from her candy wrapper.
It referenced rabbit and TV ears.
The joke failed as my children had no reference for TV ears.
This began a brief lesson on the history of television.
"When I was a child, we had no cable.
Instead there were antenna 'ears' on top of the TV.
We adjusted them to get the best fuzzy picture we could..."
|A favorite audio book from my childhood.|
Several weeks prior,
we spent a morning perusing a flea market.
We were hoping to find a desk chair for the boys' room.
While there we pointed out floor model radios, glass soda bottles, etc.
The children were fascinated with the big black CDs.
Thus began the explanation: "No honey, that is a LP record.
It goes in a record player.
A needle is placed on top to..."
Which was promptly followed by,
"CDs don't need a needle placed on them..."
Our all time favorite history talk
happened at the dinner table years ago.
We sat about discussing the days events
when one child turns to my husband and says,
"We are learning about the American Revolution in history.
You were born when it began, right?"
My husband after choking down his food,
"Um, the American Revolution was in the 1770's not the 1970's."