What makes a rubber ball bounce – and endless other questions

The curious kid strikes again.  It’s 11 a.m. and Sean’s in the middle of doing chores (hypothetically).  Suddenly a thought strikes and he needs to know, “What makes a rubber ball bounce?”  This thought is undoubtably spurred by either a) the rubber ball in his hand that he bounces as he walks through the kitchen, b) an insatiable curiosity about the world around him, and c) a desire to avoid those burdensome chores.

He pauses to ask the smartest person he knows. 🙂  Or the handiest person in the room.  I prefer the former description.

Happily, I take a break from email and consult the writ of common knowledge, the Great Big Book of Everything.  We google it.  Within seconds we have a choice from thousands of explanations, and Yahoo Answers provides us with a simple explanation of energy and compression.  I love technology.  I love homeschooling.  I love this kid in my lap asking questions.  He’s thrilled.  He leaves my lap smiling, glowing under a mom’s approval of his curiosity and thirst for knowledge. 

But he really isn’t ready to return to chores.  “How does lightning form?  How does electricity move?”

Yahoo Answers can handle this, too, but I have my own question.

“Is your bed made?”  He already knows the answer!


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