Laura can tell you what nineteen to the power of nineteen is. She can tell you the difference between a tonic note and a dominant note. Laura can tell you what each planet in the solar system is made of, the names of every dinosaur and what they eat, and the number of every hotel room we’ve ever stayed in on any given vacation we’ve ever taken. The other day while riding her scooter, she explained to me why she likes the winter solstice (her birthday is in winter), the summer solstice (a longer day in which to ride her scooter), and equinox (because she gets just as much sleep as she gets energy).

Not a fact that goes into Laura’s brain ever gets lost, but then every now and again she says or does something to remind me that while my ability to understand her math homework declines by the week, tucked around that brain of hers is the innocence and wonder of a sweet, little girl. The following conversation took place last weekend:

Laura: “Mommy, on Christmas Eve, Daddy offered me a choice of three presents that I could give to you.”

Mommy: “Oh, he did?”

Laura: “Yes, he let me choose between a really cool clock, a Pirates of the Caribbean DVD, or surround-sound earbuds.”

Mommy: “Oh.”

Laura: “Yes. And, of course, you know that I picked the clock, which turned out to be a really good thing.”

Mommy: “It was a good thing, because I really like the clock.”

Laura: “It was also a good thing I picked the clock because the next morning Santa brought you the DVD and earbuds. If I’d have picked one of those, then you would have gotten two of them.”

5 comments on “Santa’s Baby”

  1. In the northern hemisphere, the best day for scootering would be the summer solstice, as it gives you the longest period of daylight. However, that being on or around June 22nd, it might be a little hot outside.

  2. Adam,
    Thanks for pointing this out. I had it wrong. When I went just now to ask Laura what she’d said about the solstices and equinox, I listened carefully and changed my blog accordingly. My seven-year-old is smarter than me. D’oh.

  3. Just pretend you know the difference between the vernal and autumnal equinoxes and don’t tell her what they mean, and you’ll be smarter at least until she opens her astronomy books.

  4. That girl is just plain brilliant! I would love it if she would help Henry with his maths. I will pay her. Coco can coach swimming and the art of meeting celebrities, Laura math and music, Kristin and Adam, cooking, doll programming, hair cutting, and computer stuff. Tom, the art of dating and sports (man’s view) and Cheri, how to be strong, speak up for yourself and be perfectly politically saavy. I am sure there will be more lessons but for today, that’ll do.

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