We're having a snow day today.
Yes. Even homeschoolers can have snow days, but they might not look like a school kids snow day. Actually, I don't think anybody's snowday could look like ours.
I'm pretty sure that's a good thing.
Setting the scene:
Me? I'm standing at the sink washing the fingerling potatoes we rescued from the garden a couple of weeks ago.
My 8 yo walks up to me to chat.
8yo: "Mom? What if there are free floating electrons? Are there ever electrons just hanging out but not attached to an atom?"
Me: "Yes, I think that's what electricity is, electrons moving."
8yo: "No, not moving. What if they're just floating around? Do they ever do that?"
Me: "Hey, are you going to build a snowman?"
(Notice how quick I am to get myself out of that one? There's more than one kind of smarts.)
8yo: "What about the electrons?"
11 yo walks up.
11yo: "My bomb just went off in the house. " (he sighs)
Me: "Did you clean it up?"
(I'm not too mad. Did you notice what a great distraction he provided? I'm not up to par with these #@! electrons.)
11yo: "I got it into the bathroom before it exploded. It could have been dangerous, but it was just messy."
Did you notice he didn't mention if he cleaned up?
8yo: "What would happen if there were free floating electrons?"
Me: "Do you need help zipping your coat?"
I still haven't looked at the bathroom.