Like most fathers I don’t always listen to my son. In my defense, he talks a lot. And he’s always going on about science experiments he wants to do and often I agree to things without really knowing what I’m agreeing to. He asked me for a lazy susan covered in tinfoil for some experiment. I’m sure he probably told me the details, but I wasn’t paying attention, I just said, sure, knowing that I might not even have to follow through unless he asked repeatedly.
Because he talks so much and in great detail, we’ve been trying to sell him on the merits of brevity. “Give us the short version,” we’ll often ask, “what’s the main message here?”
Tonight, when sending him off to bed, I made the mistake of asking how he like his Popular Science magazine.
“There’s this article about a guy who lives in the prairies where they do controlled burns of the prairie and he’s seen something like fire tornadoes, though they aren’t as deadly as the big ones, they’re just small versions, not created with…”
“Son, give me the short version.”
“…and that’s why I need a lazy susan.”
I think I need to pay more attention to what’s going on around here.
“…And lighter fluid!”
*EDIT: A little bit of research turned up what I think he has planned: