My husband is having to work this weekend. Our eldest son (Hamish), who is now 5 years old, had the following conversation with him:
Hamish: What are you doing?
Husband: I am building some software for a new tunnel.
Hamish: What sort of tunnel?
Husband: A tunnel for a particle accelerator.
Hamish: What’s a particle accelerator?
Husband: It’s a big laser.
Hamish: What’s it for?
Husband: For smashing particles together.
Husband: So they can recreate the Big Bang.
Husband: So they can try and understand what happened when the universe was created.
Husband: So we know where we came from.
Husband: For science.
Hamish: Oh, well we are all going to die anyway so why does it matter?
Hamish’s pessimistic mood continued, as he asked me why I was saving up for a electric car:
Me: To save the environment. Save the polar bears ice caps!
Hamish: But why, isn’t it too late anyway?
Hamish is usually the biggest optimist when it comes to saving the environment. I do hope my optimistic little boy comes back soon – this one is depressing to be around!