Our boy, AKA ‘The Pok’, has started to say some really funny things with the reasoning of a 4-year-old behind his musings. Some of it is hilarious, or just bizarre.
Our nightly ritual is to wash, brush, and read before we go to sleep. His current collection of books is not challenging his vocabulary or comprehension in any way – time for the next level. In the meantime I am trying to get him excited about some of the stupendous advancements in science, engineering, and technology.
What better way to do that than to show him a YouTube video from SpaceX. For those of you that don’t know, SpaceX is the company that Elon Musk (of PayPal fame) started after he made a windfall in the sale of his internet start up. They are doing amazing things by being a private company who are preparing to launch manned vehicles into space to not only dock with the International Space Station, but eventually to travel to Mars. My kids are about to grow up during the next space race, and I want them to share in these advances. So here is the video that we watched, a simulation of their second generation space craft, the Dragon V2.
I paused the video several times.
Father of Pok: “See those panels, they help get energy from the sun to make electricity” (the Dragon V2 solar panels)
Pok (sleepily): “That’s cool! Where is it going to?”
Father of Pok: “That is where it is going – the International Space Station. And it is flying above us right now.”
Pok (now intrigued): “Up in space?”
Father of Pok: “Yep, and it is going very fast circling us.”
Pok looking at all the modular components of space station.
Pok (puzzled): “Where do people live in the station?”
Father of Pok: “All those cylinders are the rooms in their space house.”
Pok laughed: “That’s funny Daddy, people living in space!”
We continued watching the video of the docking, separation, and then powered landing (uber-cool).
Then when it was all finished, and a pregnant pause, the Pok asked the most pressing question on his mind.
Pok: “How does the parcel man deliver them parcels?”
Elon Musk, you have your next employee living with me :-)