The politics of global warming — that’s the title of Alex’s school report which she’s probably delivering — with a Powerpoint presentation — right at this very minute. I don’t know why she chose that topic. When she asked me to help her, I made a few suggestions but she kept saying, “No, no… that will encroach on my classmates’ topics.” Well, I don’t know how the politics of global warming can be so streamlined that it will never refer to related issues, so I just let her figure out how to go about it.
Sometimes, she just stumps me with her requests for help. Like a few nights ago when she was asking for suggestions for the Science Expo. She said it has to be a demonstrable topic that her group can report on and discuss. Then, she said she was thinking of the Toughbook — you know, the laptop that doesn’t conk out if you accidentally spill water all over it or even if you are stupid enough to drop it from a certain height. She scared me, really, because I was almost sure she would ask me to buy her a Toughbook so she can participate in the Science Expo.
So, I was quick to suggest an alternative topic — meat from cloned animals, I said, thinking that with the surrounding controversy, there would be a lot to discuss. Then, I had these god-awful visions of her asking me to produce a cloned cow or pig to bring to school. When she seemed lukewarm over my suggestion, I did not pursue it. She walked away scratching her head and I don’t know what topic she and her groupmates finally agreed on.
But, for sure, I am buying neither a Toughbook nor a cloned cow.