Saturday, July 30, 2005

Magic comes home

I was catching up on a bit of work on my laptop this morning when it dawned on me that the Discovery astronauts were conducting their first spacewalk of the STS-114 space shuttle mission. So I did what any modern-day geek with a broadband connection does: I loaded up NASA-TV in a new window, moved it to the corner of my screen, and continued to work while the otherworldly scene played out in front of me.

I called our two youngest munchkins over to see. They oohed and aahed as they asked a rapid-fire series of questions:
  • "How can they breathe in space?"
  • "Why do they have to go outside?"
  • "How did they get outside? Did it let the space stuff into the space shuttle?"
  • "Hello! Hellooooooo"
After the last one, I had to explain to our soon-to-be-five-year-old that they can't hear us from the kitchen table. With that, they settled in and watched the chaotic video from one of the astronaut's helmet cams for about another minute.

The viewing didn't last long. Almost as quickly, they were getting up to leave. "This is boring," uttered Noah as he scooted back to his Shrek DVD.

The magic lasted all of three minutes, but it was just enough for them to have a glimpse of another world before they went back to the comfort of their own.

Your turn: What's magical to you? To your kids? How do you know when something actually is magical?

14 comments:

honestyrain said...

they don't get that it's real, do they? the space shuttle thing. my four year old watched but he can't grasp that it's really up there, in space, doing space things. he was impressed but same as he would be if it were staged. still the opportunity to teach him something he didn't know before was there and he did learn so that's good :)

Ramona said...

when I was little I couldn't figure out how people got inside the tv sets!
Michele sent me today...but I stop by regularly

mooalex said...

Hi there! Michele sent me!

mooalex said...

Hi there! Michele sent me!

Terri said...

Hello, Michele sent me!

lol What a cutie, thinking he could talk to them! I guess that showed--even if for just a second--that he was intrigued by that other world! ;)

Better Safe Than Sorry said...

i think babies are magical, starting with what you do to conceive them, who would ever have thought that! i love to watch them learn, it's amazing to see them discover something as simple as their own hands. i think they're all miracles.

Marti said...

what i find magical with my girls is when the advice i've been giving them or encouragement finally sinks in and a light bulb goes off. eureka!

hi from michele

Thumper said...

With a 22 year old, it's hard to find things magical anymore...I miss the days when I could explain chocolate milk as coming from brown cows.

Magic today is watching him take a script and bring it to life on stage. I suppose the table are turned; instead of me introducing new things to him, he's bringing the magic to me.

Got here via Michele's today, but I woulda gotten here this evening anyway!

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TheBisch said...

Hello! Michele sent me this time, but also wanted to say thanks for visiting my blog.

I don't really find anything magical anymore... and I suppose that's sad, because as a child, I was easily impressed and saw the magic in a lot of things....

BecK said...

Hi I came From Michele's...lovely photos on flickr and I'll be back to read more!

Mrs. Fun said...

Hello, michelle sent me :)
I still wonder how they are able to do everything they do out there.
I mean I know but if you really think about it, its amazing!

puremood said...

I find every day magical.. the fact I'm here, I can breathe, etc... I get to watch my kids play together... I get to kiss my husband. It's all like a dream come true - all thanks to God. My kids find a lot of things magical - from bubbles to how their clothes got from the floor to the laundry hamper ;) Yes, from Michele's - but I come because I enjoy it... not because she makes me :)