Wednesday, June 26, 2013
"Do You Remember Pluto?" And Other Sadie Questions
After watching Sadie stare at a pop-up book that has a page of the planets in it for about half an hour:
Me: "Do you know there names?"
Sadie (pointing): "Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn...."
Me: "Uranus, Neptune."
Sadie: "Uranus, Neptune. Uranus, Neptune. Uranus, Neptune."
A few minutes later after a conversation about Pluto...
Sadie: "It goes around faster than Earth."
Me: "Why do you say that?"
Sadie: "Because look at the picture." (I look at the Wikipedia picture we'd been looking at since her book doesn't have picture of Pluto in it and she wanted to know if Pluto was blue a few minutes earlier.).
Me: "Well all the planets are spinning around fast. And I don't know if Pluto is going faster. That's just a picture showing it from all sides, while the Earth picture is just a photo and is still. The Earth is going fast too. Let's see if this page about it says it's going faster."
Sadie: "Pluto is going faster."
A few minutes later. Again.
Me: "Oh look! This is Ceres. Ceres looks kind of blue. It looks a little bit like Earth, doesn't it. It's tiny though. It says it's about 590 miles through. But look, it says it has water and ice on it." (Which planets have water had been a question she'd been asking.) "And these pictures are from the Dawn spacecraft. Let's look at the Dawn spacecraft." We open the page. "See. It goes through space and takes pictures and sends them back to Earth."
Sadie: "Do people ride on it?"
Me: "Nope. It's too little."
Sadie: "I think some people do."
Me: "Some people?"
Sadie: "Yup. Like me and Maggie and Patrick."
Me: "Small people?"
Sadie: "Yup. We're going to ride on it."
Me: "Are you going to wear a space suit? Like the one in your book?"
Sadie: "Yeah. I mean, not like the one in the book. Mine is going to be different. It's going to be... It's going to be...." (a long pause as she's lost in daydreams of riding through space).
Me: "Is it going to have a mask so you can breath?"
Me: "Is it going to be.... pink?"
Sadie: "Pink with purple on it. And I'm going to be able to go out and walk on the wings. So it's going to have a rope."
Me: "What do you think Nani is going to say about that? I think Nani's going to say: 'My Baby!!!'..."
Sadie: hysterical giggling...
And then it was time for bed. Now for another curious day with lots of questions to be answered. Thankfully a giant used Space Atlas arrived yesterday to help me with her many, many questions.