Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The silence was brutal...

orange moonDriving home from an after-dinner Cold Stone Creamery treat, we saw an orangish-yellow moon hanging in the sky. The boys happily pointed it out and chattered about it behind us. Then, J makes this declaration that the red spots are Earth. Well, obviously, this is not true; those spots he's most likely referring to are the craters and valleys most of us have grown to love as "the man in the moon". NS and I let him in on this revelation, not really thinking much about what we were saying or how he might take it.

Then, the silence.

J wouldn't say anything else. He didn't refute what we told him about the spots not being Earth since we are on Earth nor the factoid about the moon revolving around us, Earth...he didn't say a word. Being that looking into the back of my car after sundown is like looking into the great abyss of space with all its pitch blackness, it was hard to tell what his reaction was, but during those few but long minutes before arriving home, I felt like he was disappointed and disheartened, simply shattered by our reasoning. I could almost swear I heard him pouting.

Of course, he was all smiles when he hopped out of the car. But, he still didn't say another word about the moon...even as M wondered aloud about it hiding behind the house.

5 comments:

Tera said...

Hmmm...that's a difficult one Woo. You guys may have broken his heart. As we all know, kids think they have the world all figured out! I'm sure in time he will get over it though...sometimes we as parents do that without even thinking about it!

FENICLE said...

Yikes, those type of questions freak me out a bit. I'm just not prepared for those technical kind of things!!!

Mommy off the Record said...

Just wait until he finds out about Santa Claus. It's not easy having our dreams and beliefs shattered!

heather said...

stone cold creamery... i've heard tons of good things about them but don't have one local. :-(

it might not be as bad as you think. he might just think you two are idiots, and not that he was wrong. and if you think about it this way, you'll realise that considering the fact that in about ten years he's gonna come to that same conclusion anyway, you just have a head start on figuring out how to deal with it. :-)

Chebbles' Mama said...

That's such a bittersweet story. Coming from a family of inveterate know-it-alls, these scenes are repeated many times in our clan. I'm toying with the idea of never teaching Chebbles anything, just letting her make up her own reality. Then she could get a job as a.... well, a writer.