And The Four-Year-Old’s *new* favorite color is….

Detailed image of supernova remnant Cassiopeia A, taken by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. (Credit: NASA/CXC/GSFC/U.Hwang et al.)

The Four-Year-Old, decisively: “Gold.”

Mother, a bit chagrined at how expensive her daughter’s tastes are already getting: “Why?”

The Four-Year-Old: “Because it’s rare and it was cooked in a star that died long ago.”

Mother surreptitiously Asks the iPhone and finds  Cosmic Crashes Forging Gold (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft).

Mother: “Huh. Well, I suppose that’s ok.”

(Not that The Four-Year-Old read that article, you understand. She learned about the cosmic origin of gold on an episode of Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking.)


About Shala Howell

I write about wildly curious kids, rabbits who hunt dragons, and 1880s Boston. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), I blog about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at, muse about books and the writing life at, or tweet about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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4 Responses to And The Four-Year-Old’s *new* favorite color is….

  1. Sheila says:

    that’s my girl!


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