I just got back from taking my grandson Billy (14 1/2) and granddaughter Caitlyn (11 1/2) in to school this morning. It turned in to be just the thing I needed to kick start my day!
Just before we went out the door the weather man was stating the visibility in the area due to fog; that turned out to be the topic of conversation on our drive in to school. All three of us were discussing the meaning of the word visibility and what .25 visibility meant, when suddenly the van in front of us on a curvy back road braked.
Caitlyn who was sitting in the back seat asked me why the vehicles in front of us were going so slow, and I explained to her that the car in front of the van turned off on a side road causing the van to suddenly hit it's brakes due to the bad visibility. I went on to explain that I was sure they were now driving slower to be extra careful as it is hard to see what is in front of them.
Here is the conversation that followed this event:
Billy immediately asked her, "Caitlyn, if you were in the woods right now would you run or walk?"
Caitlyn replied, "Depends on what noises I hear!"
(I am now smiling as I see where Billy is going with this conversation and it is obvious that Caitlyn doesn't have a clue:)
Billy then takes a deep, calm breath and philosophically says, "OK, if you were in a dark house with no lights on would you run or walk?"
Caitlyn in a very perky voice answers, " Well...sometimes I run in the house :)"
(Still not getting it.. so by now, and even as I write this, I am laughing out loud)
Finally, with voice raised a few decibels Billy exclaims, "Caitlyn! I am trying to make you understand why you have to go slower and be more careful when it is foggy out and you can't see, don't you get it? !!!!"
Caitlyn sweetly replies, "Oh!"
OH MY GOSH, this made my day and I have been smiling ever since!!
It just goes to show what a wealth of fun and "feel goods" a person can get by engaging young people in conversation and discussion. It's my favorite part of being a mom and grandma.
Hope you are all taking time to talk to your kids and enjoying every adventure it leads you on.
Have a great day!