textJun 05, 2012 8:15 pm
I showed Jasper a picture of Venus transiting the sun from Nasa’s live feed. He had seen the image on my tablet and asked in his toddler-speak, “What dat?”
When he saw the bright red orb, and the tiny black dot in front of it, he quite literally cackled, and said, “Nooooooo…”. Cackle, cackle, cackle. It was as if I had just told him I still believed that the earth was flat, held up by four elephants and dropped off into an abyss of sea-monsters. Or, more appropriately, that he won’t always be carried around in others’ arms like a tiny prince.
Then he repeated, after catching his breath from all the laughter, “What dat ?” That, my friends, is toddler-speak for, “No. Seriously. Tell me or I’ll hide my left-over PB&J in your shoes.”
I think he believed me second time.
(My mobile app won’t let me create an embedded link, so go here for an historic and beautiful image: http://venustransit.nasa.gov/transitofvenus/. Don’t be expecting too much drama in terms of movement! :-))