Everything’s Connected…

Don’t you just love NetFlix? Honestly, taking a month to watch a movie has never been easier. They send the movie to you, you watch at your leisure, and then you send it back. What a great idea. My husband has his account and I have mine. Mine includes movies for Little Boy G. The other day, I ordered one for myself, it was about string theory. G and I had a few minutes so, we decided to pop some popcorn and watch a flick. Here’s how the event began (notice the psychological tactics I used):

“Hey, G, you wanna watch a movie?”


“Okay, do you want to watch a movie about Shrek? Or a movie about string theory?”

“String theory,” he said without hesitation.

(My son is not a brainiac. More precisely, he’s a scaredy cat. He is afraid of most Big Screen cartoons and prefers the more gentle messages of Diego and Thomas Tank Engine. He does not like bad guys, ogres included.)

So we’re watching the movie and G is kind of perplexed. “What are they talking about?” he finally said. “Is that the Erf?”

“Yeah, that’s the earth, G. They’re talking about space and the theory of relativity. About how all things are connected. It’s related to quantum science. (Hey, I can barely explain string theory to myself, much less a 4 year old.)

“Who’s that guy?” he said, pointing to the screen.

“That’s Albert Einstein,” I said. “He didn’t believe in quantum science. He’s really smart, though.”

“Like Little Einsteins?” he said.

I nod. “Yeah, exactly like Little Einsteins. In fact, that’s how they got their name.”

“Oh. I have to go potty.” (Note: this is a very good way to get out of a boring conversation.) So he runs upstairs and his dad helps him go potty (the more complicated step.)

While on the potty, G is reading a book about Batman. Dad says, “Hey, G. Have you ever heard that funny song about Batman?”

“No,” G said, and continued reading his book.

Dad sings the song, “Jingle Bells Batman smells, Robin laid an egg….”

No response. “Isn’t that funny?” Dad said.

Without looking up, G said seriously, “It’s not funny to me.”

An uncomfortably quiet moment passes. “I’m done,” he said. And then he returned downstairs to learn more about string theory.

Feel free to come to your own conclusions….So what movies are you watching now?


  1. kweenmama said,

    July 28, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Lol! Did he last through the entire movie?

  2. FoodyMom said,

    July 29, 2008 at 1:13 am

    No, but neither did I 😉

  3. froggylove said,

    July 29, 2008 at 5:28 am

    That is cute. But what kid doesnt laugh at the batmobile song?!?! I can see your husbands confusion. I’m sure he was disappointed. But on the up side, he is probably going to be one smart fellow!

  4. July 29, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Hey, thanks for stopping by! And I will say GO USC right away – it is my daughter’s first choice 🙂

    Looking forward to reading your blog!

    As for movies – my older teen kids have seen the new Batman and Stepbrothers recently, quite a range. I, unfortunately, haven’t seen anything.

  5. Jill said,

    July 29, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Love the Little Boy G story, as always! Sounds like you may have a budding physicist on your hands. 🙂 As for movies, we recently netflixed “The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!” from 1963ish. Good, cheap laughs.

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