Jul. 11th, 2010

Discovery

Jul. 11th, 2010 08:54 pm
bloodyrosemccoy: (Wharrgarbl)
There is a particular DVD on the kids’ shelf at work that never fails to baffle me:

Baby Einstein’s Baby Neptune: Discovering Water.

I don’t know about you, but I am pretty sure that as a baby and then a small child, I did not discover much about water from a TV screen. Here are just a few of the things I used to discover water:

-the sink
-the bathtub, where you quickly discovered that moving back and forth created El Niño and then your mom would yell at you for making a mess
-the hose*
-sprinklers, which as we all know are where rainbows live
-front yard wading pools
-duck ponds
-puddles
-swimming pools
-creeks and criks
-mountain lakes
-rainstorms
-snowstorms
-icicles

I’m not sure why this DVD, specifically, mystifies me so much. I suppose it would be useful to explain to me, the mountain kid, about oceans, but I have the feeling that if I’d never seen a duck pond on the outside of my TV set I wouldn’t really believe the DVD anyway.

Maybe it’s just my lack of trust in the claims of this DVD. If baby hasn’t been actively discovering water BEFORE this, then I really think there’s no hope for her.


*HOLY SHIT the hose! HOURS of entertainment. You could stick your thumb on it and watch it spray out rainbows, or see what happened if you held it straight up, or put that squirt gun attachment on it and blast your brother, or play London Bridge, or attach it to your slip’n’slide, or drink from it, or use it to fill your sandbox,** or help Mom water the garden …

**Which, given that our backyard is several narrow tiers on the side of a mountain, tended to mean that after a while the sandbox had migrated down a tier and become the sandpile.

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