If you ask Jonah what he wants as a gift for his birthday or a holiday he’ll quickly tell you: “Something science-y.” I’m pretty sure his love of all things science started when we were flipping through the television and he saw footage of a volcano erupting… This led to begging to see more volcanoes erupt, which led to an interest in rocks, which led to an interest in the earth (and geology), which led to an interest in other planets and space.
These days, we’re on to genetics. Yes, my 7-year old is now obsessed with DNA. For a recent birthday, (or nothing… because he has a family of adoring fans), he was given a microscope. It came with a bunch of slides that had bugs legs or animal hair, etc. But after a few weeks, my future geneticist wanted more.
“Mommy, can you give me a ‘stample’ of blood for my microscope?” he said swinging open my office door as I hung up from a conference call. (And yes, he calls it a “stample.” I love it too much to correct it).
“A sample of blood?”
“No my darling. I will not make myself bleed this afternoon. Figure out something else to examine.”
“Awwwww,” he whined, “but I need DNA!!!”
So like any good (exhausted, pre-occupied, busy, half paying attention) mom, I suggested he use his own resources. Yup, I suggested he use (his own) urine sample to look under the microscope.(Because you don’t get the Mom of the Year award without making really good decisions). Let’s just say, you’ve never seen a happier boy…. Hey, Sir Isaac Newton had to start somewhere!
Speaking of famous scientists, We all know that for kids, starting healthy habits now will lead to a healthier, brighter future.
Today, I’m partnering with the California Milk Processor Board to share how California Milk fuels a better future. I got a chance to sit down with my future famous scientist to ask him a few questions about what’s fueling his love for science… which I hope lasts forever:
Q: How old were you when you first discovered your love for science?
A: Hmmm. I was three years old. I decided I loved Geology. I thought rocks were cool.
Q: What was so cool about rocks?
A: Their texture and how they look and also where they’re from. Some rocks can be really old. Or rare.
Q: What does ‘rare’ mean?
A: Very hard to find.
Q: Good answer. What kind of scientist do you want to be when you grow up?
A: A geneticist.
Q: And how old were you when you decided this?
A: When I was in my late 6’s.
Q: Ahh… What does a Geneticist actually do?
A: They look at DNA. They tell you what your eye color is going to be, if you’re going to be a boy or girl… or what your hair color is going to be… How your skin will look if it’s going to be white, or brown or black.
Q: Do you know what does DNA means?
A: Well, it’s all in your body. It means like your cells and stuff like that.
Q: Does everyone have DNA?
A: Yes. Mommy, you don’t know that??
Q: I do but… How do you get it?
A: You’re just born with it. Mom! You don’t know this?!
Q: Well, is it passed down from your mom or your dad?
A: Yes, I think so. Because you and I have the same eye color and the we also both like funny things. So that’s DNA.
Q: Gotcha. Can you name some famous scientists?
A: Albert Einstein. He’s famous right? I think he’s the most famous-est. Oh, and who’s the guy who studied the Black Hole?
Q: Steven Hawking? (I should know more).
A: Yeah, him.
Q: Jonah, can you explain exactly what the Black Hole is?
A: It’s like a big thing where it sucks stuff up and throws you into outter space. (Sounds good to me).
Q: What do you think you need to do to become a scientist one day?
A: I have to invent something or make something really cool and then tell someone so it spreads and I become famous.
Q: Um, hello. What about college?
A: Yes, I have to go to college for sure.
Q: Do you know where you want to go?
A: If I have really good grades, I want to go to UCLA.
Q: Another good answer. What kind of foods do you think make your brain grow?
A: Spinach, broccoli, protein like meat and milk. You need calcium because it’s healthy and makes you strong.
Q: Does being healthy help you in school?
A: Yes! It makes you be smart.
Q: It sure does. If you could invent one thing in the world, what would it be?
A: I’d invent a machine that you could control with your mind and it would do all your homework.
Okay, so I know I’m his mom, but that is what I call genius!
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My blog post was written as part of my part of my collaboration the California Milk Processor Board. I have been compensated for my partnership, but these views are my own.