Moon landing, slavery, and a 7-year-old that needs some answers
Jack has been asking me some interesting questions…and he is genuinely interested in the answers. Plus, he will drive me crazy until I give him the details he wants.
Jack: Sooo, you were born 1 year BEFORE we landed on the moon?
Jack: You didn’t get to watch it on TV then?
me: No, I was a tiny baby.
Jack: Eww! It was very important that we landed on the moon before it turned to 1970. I read that.
me: The president made a promise to the country that we would land in the 60’s so he tried really hard to make that happen.
Jack: Oh. Well he was smart then because it DID happen.
me: I guess so.
Jack: Were you alive when we had slaves?
me: No, that was a little before my time.
Jack: Well it wasn’t THAT far before you.
Jack: If we didn’t have the civil war, then there would probably be no more brown skinned people in the whole world right?
me: Well… No…I don’t think they all would have disappeared. The civil war was about a lot of issues, not just slaves, but I guess that was the most important issue. Either way we’re glad that slavery ended.
Jack: But the war helped stop slavery right?
me: Yes, eventually it did.
Jack: If I was brown skinned I would be mad. But I would like Abraham Lincoln.
me: I can understand that. (I see his wheels are still turning)
Jack: Are we glad that we’re white skinned?
me: I never really thought about it like that. We can’t pick what we are, we just kind of show up and whatever color we are, well that’s what we are.
Jack: That’s just really weird…we should be able to pick… right?
me: I’m good with the way things are done now.
Jack: What about cars? Were you around when the first one was invented?