A few months ago, in a moment of insane magnanimity, I promised both Phinnaeus and Marigold that when they reached grade ten I would buy them each their own laptop computer. The last three years of high school can make or break a person's education, and I believe that kids need all the tools they can use. Both Phinnaeus and Marigold have inherited their mother's intelligence and intellectual curiosity, but in very different ways. Marigold is the more quiet of the two, and her interests surprise me. She loves the aesthetic arts, and yet at the same time she is brilliant in math. Perhaps there is a correlation there. Marigold loves learning and I think she will do something amazing with her life. She often talks about being a doctor, and I think she can do it. Phinnaeus is more the philosopher and loves to debate the pros and cons of various subjects. He is a natural born lawyer or politician.
On Friday Phinnaeus and I met for lunch, and we ended up in a computer store. Funny how that happens. Anyway, the store had a great laptop computer on sale, so ... I bought it for him. It was a great deal ~~ lots of memory, good graphics card, and included in the price was a wireless modem and free installation and setup by the Geek Squad. Not bad.
Reading by the Fireside
George Paul Chalmers
I am a huge believer in education; it is the one thing we can give ourselves, and it is the one thing that cannot be taken away from us. Knowledge indeed is power, and it is something we can spend our lifetime pursuing. Education and knowledge are the keys to a better life, but more than that, they are the keys to a better person. When Phinnaeus and I were having lunch, I said to him, "The root word of knowledge is 'know' and the root word of ignorance is 'ignore' ". I advised him to take the opportunity of these next few years and fill his head with as much knowledge as he can; to open his mind and let all the knowledge flow in, not to ignore it. Phinnaeus can sometimes tend to make snap judgments about things without first knowing all the facts. I often have to remind him that, at the age of 15, he cannot possibly know every fact about every subject. But to give him credit, if he is interested in something, he does do his research. I also reminded him that the computer is for school, not for playing games or chatting on Facebook with the girls.
"But ... Oma ..."
Phinnaeus is a good kid, but like any 15 year-old, he is a diamond in the rough. In another 15 years, he will probably be a very different person than he is now. Funny how that happens. I hope he continues to exercise his intellectual curiosity, and soaks up all the knowledge he possibly can. Knowledge is power.