Hamburgers and Philosophy

With Claire off at a camp, I had Molly to myself tonight. We stopped by Wataburger at her special request and took it for a picnic on the way home.

At the Whataburger, Molly launched two riddles at me.

The first was “Are there more wheels or doors?” I asked, “Do you mean, like, in the whole world?”. “Yep!” she said.

Looking out at the parking lot and street, I initially said, “It’s got to be wheels.” But Molly pointed out that while every car has four wheels, it has four doors too. And the office building across the streets easily had hundreds of doors. And cabinets. Also, something about legos. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

I was convinced. Doors it is!

At the park, Molly asked if water is wet.

Again, my initial instinct was wrong. πŸ˜†. “Of course it’s wet. It’s water.” After some discussion and demonstrations on the picnic table and sidewalk, we decided that water is not wet because “wet” describes a liquid sticking to a solid. Since water is already a liquid, it cannot be wet.

We googled it and found that “Liquid water is not itself wet, but can make other solid materials wet.” 🀯

Finally, I attempted to “get” Molly with the Dichotomy Paradox, which basically says that in theory, you can never walk from one point to another because no matter how far you go, you always still have halfway to go. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ Real-world experiments showed that this is obviously false in the real world but true in math. Hmm. πŸ€”

Anyways, it was fun goofing around talking philosophical πŸ’© with Molly on this beautiful spring evening.

A Houston Christmas

We made it to Houston this year to visit my parents at their retirement home. The whole trip was a bit of a scramble to get out the door, get to Houston just in time for a Harry Potter spinoff play, and finish everyone’s presents in the hotel.

But getting everyone together for a couple of great outdoor picnics (due to Covid) made it all worthwhile.

Soccer!

Molly and I like to get out for some soccer on the weekends. She’s not playing on a team, but she’s pretty good and getting better. She has a powerful kick!

The main game is “freekicks” with me as goalie. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Molly’s Charms and More

Molly has been spending a lot of her down time lately making bracelets. Starting with basic yarn bracelets, she then moved into plastics. Sometimes we even melt plastic beads in the oven to flatten them for just the right shape.

Molly has gotten so good at making her own bracelets that she decided to open her own Etsy shop: Mollys Charms And More. 🀩

After the initial store setup, Molly has been adding her own pictures, updating listings, rallying friends to support her store, and checking her stats.

She’s all over this. πŸ€“. Way to go, Molly!

Picnic pic

Here’s a picture of Claire and Molly at an evening picnic we had the other day.

Check the thoughtful looks on their faces. They must have been having a deep moment. πŸ€“

A tale of two kids πŸ—‘⚽️

It’s beautiful to watch these kids grow into their own people and take on the world in their own way.

Today Claire announced that she was going to be making a sword for her Halloween costume, a character from Demon Slayer. After she put together a list of supplies, and we all made a trip to Michaels.

Back home, Claire spent a few hours making her sword with only little assistance with the spray paint. It came out good but not gerat – version 1.0. She’ll try again next weekend. πŸ—‘

Molly wanted to got running on the park to get back into triathlon form. I grabbed the soccer ball on the way out, and Molly ended up having fun playing soccer. I played goalie, and she tried to score on me. She got noticeably better even as we played! “Football is life,” was our refrain, Dani Rojas style. ⚽️

It was a great fall weekend day with these amazing little people.