Mama Diaries

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Lost in a Whale's Heart

I took my son to the natural history museum. There was a special display about whales.  We stared at the giant whale skeletons and read all the interesting facts about whales.  Then we came to a full-sized replica of a whale's heart.  The thing was huge.  As big as a car!  Kids were allowed to crawl into it and explore.  Naturally, my son wanted to to just that.

I patiently waited as he disappeared into the heart.  I expected him to be out in a couple of minutes.  I waited. And waited. And waited.  What could be taking so long? I wondered.  I decided to crawl into the giant heart and find out.  I meandered this way and that, through the aorta until I came to a tiny room.  What do you think was inside?  A television!  I kid you not.  And a lot of little kids were parked in front of it, staring at the screen as whales floated by.  My boy was one of those kids.

"Dude," I said.  "I didn't bring you here so you could watch TV!  Let's go!"

"But Mama, this is educational!"

Right.

I led him out the left ventricle, back to the regular displays.

When we got out, Bubba looked around. "Mama, do you think they have a whale brain I can explore?"

Ugh!
 

35 comments:

  1. I bet that one has a television as well.

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  2. Great museum Natural History.
    Well how about that huh.. the lure of the screen..

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    1. They know kids will sit in front of a TV, so why not teach them something!

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  3. I'm surprised that you dare to leave home, considering how iffy your weather has been.

    Love,
    Janie

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  4. Reminds me of our Science world. . . I love these types of places too!

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    1. I like the changing exhibits. There's always something new to see and learn.

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  5. well, better heart and brain than intestines.... just sayin'....

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  6. Haha ... it was sort of educational ... whales were floating by on the TV screen. Your kid is so cute I always take his side :)

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  7. I guess he thinks the brain would be even more educational.

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    1. Of course. It's the most important organ!

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  8. LOL that is one way to take tv to heart

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  9. One cannot ignore the appeal of a whale's heart to a little boy, esp. with a television. Now if it also had a video game set....

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  10. I loved museums as a child, still do. I might have become entranced as well.

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    1. There's a magical allure of a whale's heart and a TV!

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  11. Bubba is one step ahead of you, loved this story. :-)

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  12. Looks like televisions are still determined to take over the world if they can be found in whale hearts now... XD

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  13. I wonder why the museum put a TV in the middle of such a cool exhibit?? Argh. So unnecesary!!!

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    1. They probably thought kids would be inspired to sit down and learn something. They were right.

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  14. Wow, seriously, as big as a car!? Amazing. What a great idea, to have kids go inside (not sure about worrying the mothers by placing a TV inside, though!) ;o)

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    1. I was surprised by how large the heart was.

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  15. Whooo- that might be a little too realistic for me...

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    1. If they had real blood inside, I think I would've been totally grossed out!

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  16. Very good ending to a well-written post. Did you guys stop anywhere fun for lunch?

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  17. How funny! But yeah, just whales swimming? No facts? C'mon! Talk about missed opportunity!

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  18. Very realistic, hope you enjoyed it,
    Yvonne.

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