This week, D asked me why Gloria (a hippo in Madagascar 3) was wearing a scuba diving mask when surely she could breathe under water? This lead on to Googling (D says “can you ‘Google Up’ something, Mum?” like this is some sort of new verb she’s invented) how long hippos can stay under water while holding their breath. Which led on to how long people can hold their breath under water for… which led onto learning about techniques for doing this… Which led onto a carbon dioxide explanation (M pipes up with ‘trees use carbon dioxide!) and the meaning of ‘acidifying blood’. Glorious Google.
Other recent conversations have been about iron (we’re trying to ensure M eats enough iron everyday): linking it to Minecraft (imagine if we could EAT iron ingots, Mum?!’; linking it to our cast-iron radiators which we’ve been disconnecting and flushing to get them working again; Googling the 5 stages of iron overdosing after M was concerned she might eat too much iron, and amazement that we EAT metal!
I love these rabbit holes and connections.
Another thing Google is useful for is for doing research on a previously jailed sexual offender that your daughter wants to watch on YouTube. That was D, wanting to watch L for Lee play Minecraft. I was in a cold sweat wondering what I should do so I stalled her for a while by getting her to watch new Stampy videos while I
panicked thought about the best approach. In the end, I figured he’s unlikely to be displaying dodgy behaviour in his videos but I would be upfront about it to D. So I told D and M that L for Lee did something horrible to someone and went to jail for it. D wanted to watch anyway, M didn’t. Questions from D: ‘But he seems really nice in the videos?; ‘Do you think he’s still friends with Stampy?’; ‘How can he be nice and horrible?’. I felt deeply uncomfortable about the whole thing but I knew that if I didn’t let her watch him then she would find ways of doing it behind my back anyway. In the end she watched 3 of his videos and then returned to watching Stampy – turns out he doesn’t make very good videos – thank goodness!!
And finally, a gorgeous Minecraft creation by D. 😀