Go Ask Your Father: Birth, Books, Infinity, and Heaven

I want to talk politics for a minute. Don’t worry, I’m not going shove my views down your throat. I’m a pretty complacent guy. Not much gets me riled up. The Orioles losing and salsa on the walls do, but not much else. Oh, and people who think if you don’t have their beliefs, loyalties, opinions then you can’t be anything but wrong. Take this photo for instance.

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See anything wrong? That’s our Bang in the middle, in case you didn’t recognise him. On the right is our MLA Michel Samson. He’s the Premier’s right hand man and great guy all round. That’s the Premier on the left. In US terms, he’d be the governor. They were in town for a rally and we were there. So was Bang and he was making his presence known. The Premier’s photographer snapped this shot. My favorite part is Divo, the stuffed dog, hanging out of his pocket. DW posted this photo to her FB wall with this message:

My little future politician? This image was taken by the premier’s photographer at the community BBQ yesterday evening. My little ham was hugging everyone and jumping into all the photos. Before anyone feels the need to post negative comments keep in mind that he is 5 (note the stuffy hanging out of his pocket), and I support Michel. I appreciate everyone’s right to an opinion while not driving mine down anyone’s throat…extend the same courtesy please!

People are only seeing one issue, the teacher issue. There is so much more Michel has done for our area.

1. What does Heaven look like?

Poor Bang has had so many questions since his Guppie died back in February. This was one. At first, I considered telling me what I thought Heaven was like. I thought maybe Heaven is like our favorite place with all our favorite things. For me that would mean lots of Mother Nature, outdoor activites, books, and a bakery. That would make Heaven a different place for all of us. So I told him no one knows what Heaven is like because all who have been there haven’t been able to come tell us what it’s like. I related it to twins in mommy’s (not his mommy’s) belly. When one baby is born it can’t go back in Mommy’s belly and tell it what it’s like outside of her belly. Nor can we really imagine what Heaven is like because it’s not of this world. 

2. How do babies come out?

Of course, explaining why we don’t know what Heaven is like as babies being born led him to questions exactly how babies are born. Through the bum? Out the belly button? I told him babies come out head first. Most of the time. Then his brain kicked into overdrive. “So they cut it out of the mom’s belly?” Sometimes, I told him. That’s called a C-section. Then I whipsered, “Sometimes they come out mom’s pee pee” which I know is technically incorrect, but to a 5 year old boy, but for a 5 year old boy will have to do for now. Don’t be surprised to see an episode of “Go Ask Your Mother” in the coming weeks.

3. How long can books be?

Sometimes books seem to go on and on and on. As Ambrose Briece has been quoted as writing, “The covers of this book are too far apart.” Others are indeed really long. After Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the books start picking up significantly in length. Topping out at 870 pages in the US version. However, this isn’t the longest book. A German novel by the name of Zettles Traum by Arno Schmidt has and estimated 1,100,000 words on 1,536 pages. In comparison, together, all seven books of Harry Potter contain 1,084,170 words. Or roughly the same number of words my kids use in the run of a day.

4. What comes after infinity?

Uhh… infinity +1? Once upon a time I would have said nothing come after infinity. Infinity is on going, has no end, go on forever. Of course, there are different kinds of infinity with some infinities being larger than others. There are an infinite number of numbers between 0 and 1. There are an infinite number of numbers. Thanks to Vsauce of YouTube, I now know there are things beyond infinity. You can watch it if you want. I’ll admit I’ve watched it several (maybe 3 or 4) times already. If numbers are your thing, you’ll find it fascinating. Otherwise, Buzz sumed it up best when he said, “To infinity and beyond!”

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