Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Ember's koan solution

We were driving home from a play date through Cornwall Park when Ember saw some kids playing in a tree.

Em: Look they playing on the tree!  I can play on the tree because I'm a big girl.  And if the tree falls down it goes CRASH like that.
Me: If a tree falls in the forest and there's no one there to hear it, does it make a sound?
Em: Yes, it does.
Me: If no one hears it, how do you know?
Em: My Bali is there in the forest.  She's going to the swimming pool. She's going to swim in the forest to swim at the swimming pool.
Me: But what if Bali's not there either?  If there's no one at all in the forest, and a tree falls down, does it make a noise?
Em: Ummm... maybe I have to run really fast. And I does, and then my dinosaur comes and I ride on his back.
Me: Really?
Em: Yes, he's a nice dinosaur and he says 'ride on my back' and he doesn't eat me.  He's a talking dinosaur.
Me: It's not a scary dinosaur then?
Em: Nope, he's a nice dinosaur and he goes to Dinosaur Rick's.
Me: Dinosaur Rick's?
Em: Yes, Dinosaur Rick's. He's the big green dinosaur, in the book.
Me: Oh, you mean Tyrannosaurus Rex?
Em: Yes, and he's a nice dinosaur and I ride on his back.
Me: I thought Tyrannosaurus Rex was a scary dinosaur.
Em: Nope.
Me: He's got big teeth and he eats people.
Em: Nope, he doesn't.  He doesn't bite me. He doesn't eat girls or mummies.  Just boys.  But not Aidan Slades, just Aiden Walterses.
Me: Here's another one for you then.  What's the sound of one hand clapping?
Em: No, I'm not saying that one.

'Bali' is Ember's sometime invisible friend.  I have an awful suspicion that it's actually Barbie.

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