“Why aren’t there flying cars?”

As it turns out, there are flying cars. And boy, was my daughter excited to hear that!  Naturally, I didn’t know about them. Fortunately, my husband was there and had the video to prove it ready to go on his iPhone.

So if there are flying cars, my daughter wanted to know, why aren’t we driving them?

To his credit, my husband explained that it’s really complicated to drive just on the ground, without once referring to the many many wrecks that discolor my driving record. He merely said that there would be a lot more ways to wreck if people started taking cars up into the air, since you would have to look not only to the left and right for oncoming traffic, but also up and down. Getting into a wreck with a flying car, he explained, would be something like having a car wreck and falling out of a building at the same time.

Plus landing might be challenging. Again, he refrained from asking my daughter to imagine what Mommy’s bumper would look like if she had a flying car.  She got there all on her own.

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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