He agreed, and so last night while I was telling you all about my spray tan, BJ and MG were gettin' schooled.
I wish I had been there to see the looks on peoples' faces when they walked in. What's a three year old doing at an astronomy lecture??
But BJ reports that she was really good. She stayed quiet, and listened, and even made astute observations. The lecturer showed a sprial galaxy, and Mary Grace whispered, "Look, Daddy, it's spinning!" They do spin. How cool is she?
Apparenlty a guy a few rows up coughed, and Mary Grace shushed him. BJ explained that it was ok to cough. Then a few more people coughed, and MG whispered, "Daddy, all these people are sick!" Ha ha!
One of the things we're really doing right, as parents, (if I do say so myself...) is challenging our kids to behave in non-kid settings (restaurants, concerts, lectures, airplanes) and exposing them to our interests early. They never cease to impress us with their behavior.
Let's make October "Take Your Kid Somewhere Grown Up" Month! I challenge each of you to find an activity in your area - whether it's a lecture or a movie or a restaurant or whatever, and take your kids. Give them an opportunity to amaze you. Expose them to something new, something that you love. After all, we're raising future adults, here, right? Not people who are going to be kids forever. Then come back and tell me how it goes.
And who knows, maybe in 25 years, Mary Grace will be the world-famous astronomer (or astrophysisist, or rocket scientist like her Daddy) and she'll go to Wabash to speak, and she'll say, "I attended my first astronomy lecture here... when I was three!"
Never forget - you are their first teacher!