Jack and I were going to bed. I was tucking him in and kind of lingering, waiting for him to fall asleep. This is the time of day when all of his worries come flooding out. It’s usually a rough time, as I try to calm him down, alleviate any worries, and just try to get him to sleep. It doesn’t happen every night, but it happens enough that I try to head it off before it picks up steam!
Jack: Let’s talk 3D printing for a minute.
me: Ok, but make it quick…we need to get to sleep.
Jack: I loved printing the fish fossil today! Can I really go back and book time to print anytime I want?
me: Yeah, that’s the deal. If you get trained, you’re all set and just pay for the hours that you book. So we can book 2 hours per week. (This is something we set up at a local library. They gave us training on the printer and now we can go back anytime and print cool things like phone cases, little statues, and basically anything we can dream up that fits the printer.)
Jack: I can’t wait to print you the elephant phone case.
me: That’s gonna be so cool. It will take awhile though…because it’s kind of big and has interesting detail… (I’m glad he’s in a good mood..) OK, time to settle down and relax…
Jack: (rolls over to get comfy) But I’m such a loser at school!
me: (uh oh, need some quick redirecting) Hey Jack, guess what?
me: You know what’s cool? Just a few years ago, you didn’t even EXIST! I had to make you, an actual person, and now you exist and have thoughts and stuff. Isn’t that cool?
Jack: No, that’s pretty regular and boring.
me: What? No way. You didn’t even exist, and now here you are with your own brain and your own thoughts, and the coolest part is that I made you. You didn’t even exist in the entire universe a few years ago!
Jack: If you want me to go to sleep just say so. Are you trying to bore me to death?
me: Sigh. Sheesh. Goodnight.
That’s not exactly what he said, but it’s pretty close. I think he also said something about a banana being more interesting, or something. Geez. I’m all “making a human” over here!! Hellooooo! That’s pretty cool, and he can’t do it. So… HA! Goodnight.