I must be pregnant, or a stay-at-home-Mum … Oh, or both 😉 Each week I think I’ll write a story about something other than parent-child relationships and every week, I mull the prompt over, dismiss a bunch of other ideas and land back in the family. Here’s another one where the appropriate response might be “they’ll be asking to borrow the car keys next”; I hope you like it and welcome your comments either way. In fact, I’ve written about Luke (and his brother, Matty) before; theirs is one of my favourite fictional families.
On The Shoulders of Giants
“Dad,” Luke paused in The World’s Great Inventors, “When Bell invented the telephone, who did he call?”
“Actually, three men were working on telephone inventions back then. Bell just got there first,” I said.
“So he called the other guys?”
“Also, when Edison invented the lightbulb did he have to wait for someone to invent the switch? And electricity?”
Surely only yesterday this little philosopher was riding on my shoulders and asking about Thomas trains? “Look up Isaac Newton next,” I said, inspired by the memories. “He had something to say about how inventions can’t be seen in isolation.”