Lego, the Thinker
The other night, as I was singing bedtime songs to Lego, he interrupted to ask me a question.
“Why is there always water in the hose?”
I explained that there’s always water in the hose because it’s connected to the same pipes that are in the house. Just like there’s always water in the pipes ready to come out of the faucets, there’s always water in the pipes ready to come out of the hoses.
So of course then he asks why there’s always water in the pipes. Then I explain that there are pipes that go under the streets and connect to all the houses to bring everyone water, and the water in these pipes comes from the city, who sends it to everyone so that they all have water.
Then he asks if the water comes from water towers—I have no idea where he got that from—and I say that yeah, sometimes the water is stored in water towers, but I don’t think we have any around here. I think all our water comes from rivers or something. (Turns out it actually comes from springs.) So the water comes from the rivers to the city, where it’s cleaned up and sent through pipes under the streets to all the houses, so that whenever you turn on the faucet or the hose, there’s water.
Lego mulls this over for a second and then declares, “That doesn’t make any sense.”
For a moment I’m so caught off guard by this that I don’t know how to respond. I mean, what part of that didn’t make sense? So I ask him that, and he says, “Maybe it’s one of those things that I’ll learn when I’m older and go to school.” And that was the end of the conversation.
Seriously, where does this kid get it from?
2 thoughts on “Lego, the Thinker”
I love conversations like this with Lego. It seems like we’re having them all the time lately. My favorite was when I was trying to explain the theory of gravitation to him. A simple explanation didn’t seem to satisfy him (like with the water in the pipes), but he didn’t understand the more in-depth explanation I tried to give.
I think I know where he gets it from. To aid in finding out, I suggest a mirror ;) .
This story is insanely cute, by the way :)
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