Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Falling in Love with Science

Yesterday you came out of school talking a mile a minute about what you learned about in class. Elephants and tusks, poachers and lions, how they circle up to protect the young... and on and on you went... a good half hour of interesting facts that you learned during your school day. After your mother got home you kicked into high gear once again. I have not seen so much excitement out of you in any of the many things that you have done in school so far. 

You are five years old and yet the passion that you showed made me smile. The way your words jumped from your lips filled with excitement, enthusiasm, and energy would make even Einstein happy. I love that you have already taken interest in learning. It is so hard to get people to want to learn these days with all the distractions that it is refreshing to see that. 

I will renew a promise I made to you. I promise that I will foster your passion and enthusiasm. I will help you in every way I can to make sure that you can learn and experience as much as you want. I will introduce you to new things and explore the world with you (in life as well as through books and the internet). I promise to help you work on science projects, answer questions about the cosmos, consider hypothetical, and explain the unexplainable (or at least help you discover answers).

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Discoveries Await

I am not sure why things happen in this world. Everyone has a theory on the reasons or lack thereof as to why things unfold as they do. It is part of the great mystery of life. There will be answer to a lot of questions and many more will go unanswered. We know a lot about how the world works, why we need oxygen, why the sun rises, and even more than we do not. A lot of it is left for us to discover and imagine the possibilities.

It is a simple concept that can be applied to everything and anything in our lives. Take family for example, there is plenty of things we know about The Santos. We know that Carlos is a "jokester" as you say. I have been saying it for years, Janae looks like your titi Dili when she was younger. You say that I am "loco", and I don't think you will find anyone that could argue with you on that point. There are a lot of things that have surprised you about our family. This week you found out that your dad was a "rapper" and that he has performed in front of people. I shared that little tidbit when you confided that you get a little nervous when you have to do your ballet routine in front of people. Just think about the many thousands of things that you do not know about your own parents, cousins, aunts, and uncles. 

The beauty of it all is the journey where we have the opportunity to discover these sometimes funny, weird, or interesting facts. Keep your mind open and use your imagination. Even the dullest of subjects can lead to hidden surprises that can delight. There is something behind everything. Even if they tell you that there isn't do not fall for it, they just haven't figured it out yet.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A Geek in the Making

Last week was your first day of kindergarten. Through quite a bit of good luck and blessings you were accepted into a magnet school with incredible support from the local community as well as local and state government (in an age where education cuts are the norm this is great news). My favorite part about the school is the curriculum; t is centered around science and technology. Your father, if you did not already know, is crazy about those two subjects. Always has been.

At home you have been exposed to a wealth of technology that not everyone has the chance to experience. You have sat with me, although not sure what was going on, as I either fixed or messed something up because I was tinkering. I already see that you like to tinker yourself. I love hearing you ask questions that go beyond the looks of an object and get into its function. I promise to support you in all your dreams and desires, even when they are not a particular interest to me. If it so happens that you choose a career that interests the both of us then... well... you know... :)

You are very much a "girly-girl". The dresses, nail polish, and accessories makes that undeniable. You also have another side to you, a curious side. You love to learn new things. One question answered leads to many, many, many other questions. I love that about you. I hope that as this year progresses you learn to love that about yourself. There is nothing better than someone who realizes what makes them great and embraces it. It has only been a few days since you started and I can already see a shift in focus, a change in the way you formulate your thoughts.

Watching you learn, explore, and think makes me a proud and happy father