By user12607856 on Oct 31, 2007
I've mentioned this before. It's wonderful having the power of the Internet to instantly find answers to your kids questions.
A couple cases in point.
We were "reading" some Calvin and Hobbes cartoons last night, and we came across the word donor. I of course pronounced it dough-ner, and Duncan came back and told me I was wrong and it should be don-er. He was emphatic. We had quite the argument about it. So I went to the MSN encarta dictionary and typed in donor. I then clicked on the audible link. Several times. With a grin on my face. "But how come one of Santa's reindeers is called don-er?" he replied. One more Google search quickly showed him that the reindeer in question is called Donner. (It's actually Donder but I didn't want to go there just before bedtime). "Ah!" he said. He was finally convinced.
We went back to his bedroom and continued reading.
Then we had an earthquake. I initially thought it was a cat or heavy squirrel thundering over the roof. We get a lot of that. But no, we could see his lamp stand and a bookcase shaking away. We gave it about fifteen minutes, then I looked it up. It was of magnitude 5.6 but only about 12 miles away from us. Very exciting for a 9 year old (and his Dad).
Now if we hadn't been living in the age of instant answers I would never have been able to satisfactorily reply to a young child's questions so quickly.