Very OT, but good for a chuckle!greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
Ok, I know this is very off-topic, but I couldn't resist:
today I am sitting at the computer desk, checking my email, when my almost 5 yr old daughter rushes over to the side of the desk, looking very very intently at the surface. She then checks out the front of the drawers, the insides of the drawers, etc. I ask her what she is doing. She tells me very excitedly:
"Momma! THIS side of the desk was made in the 1950's but the FRONT was made in the 1980's! And this knob is GLUED on!"
I am confused, but I do tell her the knob is screwed, not glued on. She then says: "Oh that would make it the 1960's". HUH? She points out the different grain markings on the desk as evidence of her theory that the desk was made in different eras.
Finally, I get it. I say,
"Honey, have you and Daddy been watching too much Antique Roadshow again?"
She laughs and says yes. I explain to her that the desk is circa 1999, bought at Lowe's and put together by Daddy at home and made up of cheap but nice on the surface laminate. I gave up trying to explain what laminate is.
Almost wish I hadn't told her that. She seemed very deflated that her "find" was no antique at all.
Do I have a strange kid or what?
-- preparing (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 21, 1999
That and her mothers' Y2K survivalist influence will raise Indiana Jones. I don't see anything wrong with your daughter. Think she'll come on the net with a live Cam on the areachological dig?
-- Paula (email@example.com), November 21, 1999.
And does she trick you into buying countless things by whispering "for the basement? pleease?" ...(whispered..our way of saying "for y2k") Stuffed animals, pink pajamas, a nerf rocket launcher, and assorted board games and puzzles have been cajoled from me in this manner by a crafty 6 year old.
-- kritter (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 21, 1999.
kritter: LOL! No, at almost 5 (next week) she has been too young to really understand much more than the fact that mommy and daddy have a whole heck of a lot of food in the house. And it's been so gradual I don't think she has noticed much (18 months of prepping).
HOWEVER, the other day, in the grocery store, as the sacker was sacking up all my cans, she says to the checker in a nice, loud, clear voice: "When we get home we have to put the date on top of the cans in BLACK MARKER! It's FUN!!!" I was stumped as to how to react to this. I grin sheepishly and explain that we have a huge pantry and its easy to lose track of when I bought something. He just says "You must have a big pantry!" That was a two full cart load trip.
She has also seen the jigsaw puzzles and homeschool type stuff on the top shelf of our closet and begged for one of the jigsaw puzzles. I brought one down and she hasn't shown much interest in the others.
And Paula, I never really thought of it that way! She IS fascinated by rocks. Even as an 18 month old when we took her to the playground, she would squat down and intensely observe the little pebbles and put them in her pockets. She still does that instead of playing on the playground equipment. We finally had to get a huge glass jar in which to keep all of her favorite rocks. And some friends of ours got her a rock collecting kit for Christmas last year, commenting "Ya'll are the only people who would have a kid you could give ROCKS for Christmas to!" (meant affectionately of course!)
-- preparing (email@example.com), November 21, 1999.
As long as the rocks don't turn into diamonds with a lot of silver or gold attached you'll be fine.
-- Lurker in chief (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 21, 1999.
A curious child who verifies what she sees on TV.
A pearl beyond price.
-- Sam (Gunmkr52@aol.com), November 21, 1999.