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How did I come to love words so much? I remember reading everything I could get my hands on, and clambering up bookshelves to get to the books that were placed just out of reach. I read omniverously. After I read and reread my storybooks and that well-loved set of Childcraft volumes, I attacked my mother's business books and parenting books. I read and read and read, and when I wanted to give myself an extra challenge, I read upside down.
I don't know why I loved reading so much. Maybe it has to do with the way my mom obviously loved reading and how much she learned from those books. She told me how she used to read to me until her voice cracked from fatigue and how I'd beg to be read to again and again. ("But you've practically memorized 'Three Little Pigs!'")
I don't know what my mom did to make me fall in love with reading, but I loved reading even when she told me not to - at the dinner table, in the car, while walking. I read everything everywhere. Books were constantly moving through the house. Some errands to run? Not a problem - leave me in a bookstore and I wouldn't notice the hours fly by. One of my favorite ways to soak up time is still heading to a bookstore, pull interesting books off the shelves, and practically inhale them.
I wish I could figure out how to help J fall in love with books too. If she does, then new worlds will be open to her, and no classroom or teacher can limit her. What was that magical piece? The availability of tons and tons of books, some of which could be easily read and understood and others which forced me to stretch? The way my mom referred to her books, the way she obviously loved learning? Maybe that's one of the things I can do whenever I visit - let my love for learning shine through, so that J can deepen her enjoyment of reading and experimenting...
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We went to the Ontario Science Centre last Friday. It was fun playing with the different exhibits, particularly the new Mindworks exhibits they'd added. I saw a new exhibit that I'd never seen before - a test for eidetic memory involving two random-noise-like images. You were supposed to cover your right eye and use your left eye to stare at the image on the left. Then you'd cover your left eye and look at the image on the right, superimposing your memory of the image on the left. People with eidetic memories would be able to see a T. Very very few people would be able to do that. That some people can do it at all is just amazing.
I also really appreciated the new demonstration of sound-proofing. Perhaps it was a slightly upset stomach or simply noise fatigue from the constant din, but I felt a bit overwhelmed. The sound absorption demonstration took a few decibels off, which felt great. I should think about how to deaden the sound in my living room.
I love going to science centers. I've been to so many that I automatically compare them, looking for my favorite exhibits, noticing when people do something that I haven't seen before. I loved the animated physical model of a wave - all smooth metal tubes and joints and strings - that I'd seen in San Francisco. Their wind dunes one was also wonderful. I laughed at the SMTP marble-drop sculpture in Odaiba, Tokyo, and enjoyed the demonstration of the Asimo humanoid robot. I liked looking at the conic section demo - was that in Montreal? I really should have a science center journal... I *loved* the catenary arch model of the Science Centrum in Manila. It was simple but endlessly fascinating, and my dad often took me there just to play with that. I also loved the echo shell that stretched two floors, the free-rotating platform and bike wheel that demonstrated gyroscopes... Wheee.
One day, when I'm rich and famous, I'll put together a science center with my favorite exhibits. Maybe I'll even get to come up with some new ones.
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It's really nice getting out-of-the-blue massages from W and J. Really, really nice. I could get used to this.
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