This afternoon, I found my son lying on the sofa staring at the ceiling fan which was going around and around.
"Dude," I said. "What are you doing?"
"I'm bored," he replied.
"Well, go outside and find something to do."
He shook his head. "This is more interesting."
"Counting how many times the blades go around."
I made a face. "Seriously?"
"Do you want to know how to do it?"
"Sure, Bubba. How do you do it?"
He explained. "You have to be under the fan, staring up at it. Then you focus on one of the spaces between the blades. That helps you keep track of the blade, and then you just count."
That sounded thrilling.
"So, how many times has it gone around?"
He smiled. "Since I've been talking to you, eight."
Great. So, ladies and gentlemen, if you're ever bored, just park yourself under a ceiling fan, stare up at it, and start counting.
And hope someone has cleaned it recently and it's not dumping dust bunnies on you.ReplyDelete
Haha! Yes. We have one of those long pole things to clean the fan. I don't think there are many dust bunnies up there.Delete
Your family and their antics always brings a smile to my face, Wonderful read.ReplyDelete
Glad you enjoyed!Delete
He is reverting back to infancy...Looking up at a baby mobile. ;-)ReplyDelete
Haha! That's funny!Delete
does the ceiling fan help in cooling down the room? We don't have them here... so that's why I'm asking...ReplyDelete
Yes, they do. It moves the air around, so coupled with air conditioning, it keeps things really cool.Delete
I'm bored; it's only ever said in my house once. The results are always amusing - to me.ReplyDelete
I've been known to send children out with a bucket and tell them not to return until they've gathered 10 oak leaves, a bird feather, 13 acorns, and a toad stool... or to re-enact Tom Sawyer painting the wooden fence (with water of course). The best one was when I told the two oldest not to step foot back in the house until they were filthy from tip to toe... and then hosed them off in the back garden.
They still talk about that one! ;-)
That's great! I ought to try some of those on my boy!Delete
What a cool kid! It's a true talent to find enjoyment in the seemingly mundane :)ReplyDelete
He seems to be quite skilled at doing just that!Delete
At least he can keep himself from being bored!ReplyDelete
There's always something to do!Delete
Well, look at it as he's not getting into trouble and he's using math. :)ReplyDelete
There are more interesting things to do while looking at a ceiling fan. Once upon a time (while I was in college and taking the semester of classical physics) I tried to figure out how to calculate the motion of the fan. It was spinning and swaying... (I needed something to focus on. I was at a funeral at the time.)ReplyDelete
That's funny! I tend to do things like that when I'm trying to prevent myself from getting too emotional.Delete
lol well it beats counting tiles on the ceiling I supposeReplyDelete
If there were tiles on the ceiling, I'm sure he would've been counting those.Delete
I don't think I've ever had time to count how many times the fan blade goes around... maybe I should take time, it might relax me... xoxReplyDelete
It'll probably hypnotize you.Delete
My mother always said, Read a book.ReplyDelete
Do you know how many times I've said that? :)Delete
No lie. But I don't remember the last time I was truly bored.ReplyDelete
I'm with you. I couldn't even imagine being bored. There's just so much to do!Delete
I've done that a couple times, but that was mainly if I was waiting on someone. Usually if I'm at a friend's house and they leave the room or something and I'm not comfortable enough to find something to do.ReplyDelete
At least it keeps you occupied.Delete
I remember doing this when I had some serious and tough questions during the examinations. heheReplyDelete
Did it help?Delete
What a delightful story. Happy Friday!ReplyDelete
Thank you. Same to you!Delete
Your fan must be slower than the ones in our house! It is amazing how we can find ways to amuse ourselves.ReplyDelete
We had it on low speed. It was easy to keep your eye on a particular space or blade.Delete
Whilst I can think of worse ways of whiling away the time I think I'll give this a miss as I don't think it would be too long before I became dizzy.ReplyDelete
Haha! You'd get dizzy or be hypnotized for sure!Delete
Must be one slow fanReplyDelete
It's moderately slow. Definitely not on high speed.Delete
Believe it or not, one of my jobs when I was a Naval Aircrewman was counting the number of propeller blades on Soviet submarines.ReplyDelete
That fan thing sounds more interesting.
Wow. Now I have to wonder why you had to do that.Delete
We'll all have fascinating new careers, thanks to Bubba! :)ReplyDelete
Enjoy your new career!Delete
I didn't have ceiling fans as a kid, but I had rotating floor ones. I remember sticking things, like a feather or a pencil, in it to see what would happen. I also remember pressing my face against it to talk, which warped my voice. I was bored, too.ReplyDelete
I hope you didn't destroy too many things by putting them in the fan!Delete
Sounds like a mechanical mind at work there. He'll be the one sitting back observing and then be the first to see the problem.ReplyDelete
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That could be a good thing.Delete