Thursday, 15 July 2010
The Girl and I were reading about the planets.
"What would be the best planet to visit, Daddy?" she asked.
They are lovely to look at, I said, but people couldn't live on any of them. It's too hot, or to cold, or there's no air or surface. This is the only one we have.
"Could people live there someday?"
Maybe on Mars, I said -- its warm days are room temperature for us, and it has a little bit of air. It might be possible to make it a place where people could live.
"Can you take me there someday, Daddy?"
I wish we could, love, I said. We've sent robots to check it out, but no people have been.
"But astronauts could go there."
Possibly, I said, but it's very far away, further than anything you imagine.
"Have there been any children astronauts?"
No, only grownups have been astronauts, I said, and she looked devastated. But you'll be a grownup someday.
"But by the time I'm a grownup, you'll be dead!" she said.
You might be stuck with me for a little longer than that, I said, smiling.
"Do you think we could still go there?"
I hope so, I said. But we might only ever have this one planet, so we have to take care of our part of it.
She nodded. "I will."