While driving home today:
Officeboy: I want to go to the moon. Also to Mars!
Me: Well, people have been to the moon before, and we’ve sent robots to Mars. We might send people to Mars before too long.
Officeboy: I want to go!
Me: Okay. Study hard in school and work hard, and maybe you can be an astronaut. It’s a hard job, but if you want to do it, you should try.
Officeboy: I will do good in school.
Me: Especially math and science.
Officeboy: What’s science?
Me: Well, it’s a way of learning about the world —
Officeboy, confidently: I will learn about the world and be an astronaut. And I already know math! Five plus five is ten! Ten plus ten is twenty!
Me: Very good!
Officeboy: Seven plus seven is… that’s hard. [Inaudible mutterings.] Fourteen!
Officeboy: Am I an astronaut now?
Me: You’re on your way.