Miss E became concerned about our sun and its age. She is convinced that our sun will expand and swallow the earth in her lifetime. I had her convinced that our sun is a mere baby and then she told this news to Weatherdude. Physicist that he is, he corrected her and told her the sun is really middle-aged. (Where's my revolver when I need it?) Middle-aged to Miss E is very old indeed. She was once again convinced that the sun would die in her lifetime.
Option #1: I told E that not everyone believes that the sun will expand and swallow the closer planets. For instance, people who believe in Jesus generally think such talk is nonsense. Only the second coming has validity. She seemed to think that believing in Jesus to protect her was a pretty good idea and would I tell her more about him. And btw, does everyone on earth believe in Jesus? No, I told her. There are many gods and many beliefs. Jesus is one of them and very common in the old US of A.
Option #2: Scientists (had to explain what they were) watch the sun. By the time the sun is ready to get larger and swallow the near planets, they will have warned everyone. And other scientists will have built us rocket ships to go to new planets. When the sun dies, we won't be here anymore. We will be somewhere else. And all our cats, dogs and chickens, too. And some of our dirt and our plants and all her stuff. Around this house, belief in science is pretty much where it's at. She could accept this idea pretty well.
And than a warning to her, from her mommy. I told her that if she doesn't listen in school when they talk about reduce, reuse, recycle, it won't matter when the sun gets old. We will have used up our planet. That the reason the house is sometimes hot or cold is because her mommy is reducing the amount of electricity she uses, so think about it. That it's up to her and all her friends and many, many other people to make sure the earth is still around when the sun gets old.
Off to bed for books, no more discussion of Jesus or the sun.
But her tv choice this morning? Magic School Bus Sees Stars...the one that discusses what stars do as they age.