A Piece of my Wednesday evening

Son and I are sitting in the living room, watching television.  The program mentions the US metals market, where commodities such as steel, gold, and silver are bought and sold.  At the mention of one particular word, son (who has a thing for nuclear physics) sits bolt upright on the couch.

Son: What?  There’s a place where you can buy uranium?

I already know what he’s thinking.  (Note: this is the child who, when told he could not have a Tesla coil for Christmas last year, modified his Christmas list to include all the parts to make his own.)

Me: Not enriched uranium.

Son: (clearly disappointed) Oh.  Well, what good is that?

Me: You’re going to grow up and take over some third world country, aren’t you.

Son:  What would I want with a third world country?

True story.  This is what happens in my life.  How was your Wednesday night?

8 thoughts on “A Piece of my Wednesday evening

  • September 23, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Lol. Much like yours. My son has been collecting parts to make a linear magnetic accelerator (rail gun) for the past two years. Watch out for those duodenium magnets. Good to hear we’re not alone. By the way, Missouri Rolla has a degree program in explosives engineering. All the best.

  • September 23, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Good to know! At least yours has football as a diversion. Mine seems to be going for the “dedicated mad scientist” award, though his interest in rock climbing has me wondering which mountain he’ll blow up first.

  • September 24, 2010 at 8:25 am

    If only he could use his power for good.

    Just curious: how old is your son. (I’m wondering how much time we have left.)

  • September 24, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    He’s 15. So, I’d start hugging friends and relatives now…lol

  • September 25, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Is he a fan of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog? He’s sounding eerily close to becoming a minion. 🙂

    • September 25, 2010 at 10:53 am

      You know, I don’ t think he’s found that one yet, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he did.

  • September 25, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Terrific. Love the “Why would I want a third world country?” My 6-year old is convinced that he can build a real lightsaber. Who am I to tell him he can’t? Look forward to reading more, and thanks for stopping by Some Species Eat Their Young.

    Chase McFadden

    • September 25, 2010 at 10:53 am

      If I remember correctly, building your own lightsaber is the last task in the Jedi training. I’d say let Mini Jedi try – but be prepared. He might just surprise you and succeed.

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