From The Storyteller
Hello All: A little science, a little wondering, and a reason for hope. Enjoy. Doug
“Those dust clumps you find behind the couch and under your bed are actually meteor dust”, overheard on NPR. My response was a Google search, which found a NASA article that proclaimed 10-50 tons of meteor duct enter the earth’s atmosphere each day. Wow, little pieces of the universe falling from the sky and hiding behind my couch.
Which started me wondering if all those tons of daily meteor dust added to the total weight of the earth. Which naturally caused me to think about my weight and my fluctuating pant waistline of size 34-36. This of course led to clothing mysteries, like why is there no size 35, why don’t all size 12 women’s dresses fit the same (knowledge acquired by shopping with Elaine often), and why don’t all size 10 shoes fit my foot the same.
After a few minutes pondering meteor dust and clothing sizes, I realized these mysteries should be left for others to solve, and this of course freed up my time to focus on things that I feel are important. On this particular day, after a telephone conversation with my daughter, I found myself smiling at the actions of my 15-year-old granddaughter.
Basically, over the past several days, my granddaughter had been urging her mother (read here nagging) to get a political yard sign, because in her words, “We need to be doing something”. (I leave which sign and its wording to your imagination.) The impact of that yard sign on world events is probably pretty small, but to her, she was “doing” something and that’s the part that counts.
The reason this brought a smile to my face is if 15-year-olds care about the world they live in, it means the future is filled with real hope.
Moral: Caring teenagers give us hope for a bright future.