At our son’s second grade parent teacher conference, she told us how he did not follow directions in class. She read a story and instructed the students to tell her what the dog would have said if the dog could talk. Chris replied “Dogs don’t talk.” She explained to us in great detail how important it was for Chris to learn “what if” thinking. She encouraged us to work with Chris to help him understand “what if dogs could talk.” When she completed her speech, Steve said, “Dogs don’t talk.” That was the end of our conference.
Over the years, the statement “Dogs don’t talk.” has been part of our language. It is used when something doesn’t make sense or is not logical.
Every morning I send out a “Good Morning” message to family members and a few friends. Last Friday, I asked a question of those folks in the Northeast who were experiencing snow fall. “How would you explain snow to someone who has never seen it before?”
I got some interesting answers:
- Cold dust that sticks to itself.
- Like frost in a freezer
- Different sized/shaped ice shavings falling from the sky. Sometimes fluffy (less water in it) or sometimes mushy (too much water in it).
- Like shaved ice only with airborne particulates instead of waterborne microbes.
- Show them a picture.
- A friend replied: I had to do that when I was in North Africa. Not sure how successful I was. Pictures really help.
Six people answered as soon as I asked the question. The next reply caused me to think about questions in general.
For the most part, we don’t really answer thought provoking questions on a regular basis, or at least Steve and I don’t. Most of our information is presented to us via television, or internet feeds, Facebook, Twitter, and weekly news magazines.
One guy could not figure out why I would ask such a silly question because he knew for a fact that I already knew what snow was like. After Hmmming and thinking, he actually came up with some good answers and sent me three pictures as well. He said:
- Explain that it freezes before it hits the ground.
- Tell them the color.
- Explain that temperature is a factor.
- Show pictures of individual flakes and explain that no two flakes are the same.
- Tell them that it takes thousands and thousands of them to make a pile.
My reluctant friend ended our texting marathon by asking, “What prompted your question? You know what snow is.”
I almost instantly replied “Dogs don’t talk.”
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