One day last week, the neighbor girl was over playing with Alice. At ten years old, she is an official “big kid,” and Alice positively adores her. As they played in the garden, Alice and Big Kid started talking about the solar system. Of course. I mean, what else would they have chosen to talk about?
I caught only bits and pieces of the conversation. Star this, moon that… but my ears perked up when Alice began to describe her favorite planet. I confess I had no idea she had a favorite planet. What criterion might push a four-year-old to favor a particular planet, I wondered? Red color? Being surrounded by rings? A silly pronunciation? I anxiously awaited her explanation.
“My favorite planet is Earth. It holds us down so we don’t float around in the sky. That’s why Earth is my favorite planet.”
Nice, Alice! So practical and thoroughly considered. Good work.