There is no shortage of quizzing and questioning at our house. Living with my son is like being trapped with a maniacal game show host. His greatest joy is finding obscure questions to stump us.
“What is the name of the intersection of Interstates 25 and 70 in Denver?”
“Who were the youngest and oldest Chess Grand Masters to ever compete against each other?”
“Which country consumes 40% of all the eggs produced in the world?”
“What is 1, 2 base 5 divided by 3 base five?”
“What was the original number assigned to the Devil?”
“How many queens can you put on a chessboard without any two attacking each other?”
I feel like I am perpetually trapped on a really hard version of Cash Cab.
My daughter fires questions at us regularly too, but hers aren’t rhetorical. She really wants us to ponder along with her. She wonders constantly. She is the mini guru of the family. You can’t just plod along with her around. She will question you out of your complacency.
“If time is different for each person, do you think we could develop the ability to control our own time?”
“Mom, if something happened to one of us when you weren’t here, do you think you would know the instant it happened?”
“Are humans the only mammals that kiss to show affection? Why is kissing a sign of affection?”
“What really determines whether or not you are living a good life?”
“Why do they call sinks, “sinks?”
“Why is an eighteen year old considered an adult?”
I am suffering from question overload. I find myself automatically responding with, “Hmm, I don’t know,” more often than I should. The other day in class, my professor asked me a question and “I don’t know” popped out of my mouth before I had a chance to think about it. By the end of most days, my head is swimming and I can’t wait for the quiet, off switch that comes with sleep.
On the upside, I don’t need to buy any hand-held devices to keep my brain active. If daily mind exercises help stave off Alzheimer’s, I shouldn’t have to worry about that affliction. And, if we ever actually find ourselves jumping into the Cash Cab, we would win big.