Mummy, the world is flat!


So, a mere 520 years AFTER Christopher Columbus proved everyone wrong and said the world was round my SC (small child) quite matter-of-factly point out this morning at breakfast that the world was indeed flat!

After being assured it wasn’t, he was still adamant that it is flat.

The reason apparently why he has come to this conclusion is that he can’t see beyond the next couple of gardens, and so has decided that the world must go on for ever.

I then asked him what would happen if we kept on walking, would we eventually fall off the edge of the world?

He laughed and said “don’t be silly, mummy, of course not, we’d just get to the next country.”

I had to admit I was liking his logical thinking and reasoning, not bad for a just-turned 5-year-old.

So, then, I asked what would happen if we just kept walking, would we eventually get to the end?

And he, quite seriously said no, because the world goes on for ever.

Batting back the logical reasoning to him with a quick, “well then, if we’re the start of the world, then the edge must be behind us!”

He didn’t quite know how to respond to that last volley shot, so I plumped for suggesting that if we kept walking we’d eventually get back to the starting place, i.e., home, and then reminded him that he has seen pictures of the planet and has seen that the earth is indeed round.

At 7 o’clock in the morning, that was quite an in-depth discussion to have. Still at least it wasn’t quantum physics 😉

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