My big sister is here visiting from northern California. She is this fabulously creative, supportive, nurturing, giving and incredible woman (who by the way, doesn’t see any of that in herself, sheesh, maybe we set the bar too high for ourselves??) and I love her unique perspective on the little things in this world. The following conversation took place while we all sat at the dinner table watching a recording of the Discovery Channel show about the Endeavor Space Shuttle launch, which my three year old is completely fascinated with. Yeah, he’s smarter than me, so what?
After watching all the astronauts get suited up and hearing a little personal history, including the list of degrees each of them have, my sister turned to me & the hub unit and said:
Sis: ‘Jeez, these are really smart guys. It makes you wonder if these are the kind of people we SHOULD be sending into space. I mean, what if something happens again, like it did with Columbia? All that knowledge and experience would be lost.’
A moment of silence.
Hub: ‘Weeeell, if not these really smart guys, who should we be sending up?’
Me: ‘PERHAPS we should send up some guy named Earl. After all, the inside of the space shuttle probably doesn’t look all that dissimilar to the inside of a double wide. Actually, if you could just make the controls look like a TV remote, we might have a shot . . . ‘
Let’s take a vote. Really smart astronaut guys or Earl??
Just a glimpse into the profound thinktank that is my house, where we delve into the pressing problems of the day and come up with viable solutions.