Because “Because” Ain’t Cutting It

Friday, September 14, 2012

We’ve officially entered the Year (years??) of  Why. My son has been posing the question, back-to-back sometimes, and I realize that I need to gather up some answers.

No too long ago, he asked me why the moon was still in the sky in the morning. I had to hit the internet to get clear on the reason for that one. He’s asked me countless other “whys” since then, and I’ve had pretty good replies so far.

But I know more is a’comin’.

This morning, The Youngster told me how much he was looking forward to the colorful leaves falling from the trees. “It’s going to be fall soon, Mom,” he assured me over breakfast. So I went preemptive on him and Googled this:

Why do leaves change color?  

And here’s the answer: It’s all about the chlorophyll, baby.

“In the fall, because of changes in the length of daylight and changes in temperature, the leaves stop their food-making process. The chlorophyll breaks down, the green color disappears, and the yellow to orange colors become visible and give the leaves part of their fall splendor.”

Ah-ha! Now, I’ll need get my mind ready for the next why coming my way, because “because” ain’t cutting it.

Curious, what are some of the Whys coming at you, parents?

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You know I’m usually behind on my link-reading. I’ve stopped feeling guilty or silly about it. It’s just the way I roll as a busy writer and mother. Hi, I’m Nicole Blades and I usually read Sunday’s paper on Thursday, and doggone it, people like me.

This late-to-it-ness also extends to my TV-watching. I know I’m not alone there. It’s almost rare to hear of people watching shows “live” anymore.

One of my favorite shows is CBS Sunday Morning. I’ve been watching (on DVR, mainly!) for years. I like everything about it: Charles Osgood’s calming voice, his trusty bow-ties, the “nature B-roll” they run in the last few minutes of the show, and especially the compelling stories told. It’s edifying and entertaining at once. It’s like the best sections of a well-written newspaper brought to life.

This morning, while trying to catch up, I watched the August 26 show (yes, that’s two-weeks-old. Leave it be.). There was a great Q&A with actress Rashida Jones, but the story that really stopped me in my tracks was this one about The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a summer camp for seriously ill children, founded by Paul Newman. It made me clutch my chest, smile, get choked up, and shake my head in wonder at the good works Paul Newman — the humanitarian — had a hand in over all his years. Such good, good, lasting works.

My hope is that someone has similar thoughts about me 50 years from now.

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