I'm continuing to write for Mary Lee's #haikuforhealing and Catherine's #commonplace marvels. It's a special part of my day to choose something I noticed, writing about something I want to remember.
I visit Denver's Museum of Nature and Science nearly every week with my youngest granddaughter, Imogene, five years old. I pick her up at school, and we stop at the museum on the way to my house. We stay only about an hour or so, grab a snack at the snack bar, and then Imi chooses where to go each time. The museum is amazing, and we continue to find different places we haven't examined closely. This past week, that place was the one that displayed information about evolution. It's not easy to try to explain this concept to a five-year-old. I focused on major changes, from the beginnings billions of years ago (there is a video showing earth changing) and different animals' evolving in this most recent time up to today. Imi is always interested in what I tell her, and we examine the details of the dioramas, looking for things we know and don't know. I'm not sure what sticks with her for future learning, but she continues to ask good questions. This time, two appear to fit our general conversation. She asked: "I wonder when any of them (animals) got their teeth? They would need them for eating." and "How would it be if we lived with those big dinosaurs? We'd have to live in deep holes to hide."
I'm sharing because even my mind was whirling after leaving with the thoughts of vast changes through billions of years, a concept really beyond a five-year-old. But she will "get it" eventually, I know. For now, it's a start, and it was also nice when we left to see the moon rising, something that has changed little. Hence, this haiga. (I do wonder if my need for something stable has to do with our government changes?)
FYI--I searched and discovered one recent article that speaks to this, but to us in this modern era, the moon appears steady, right?
inside the museum,
learning nature's changes —
outside, reliable moon
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