Pre-schoolers make shapes out of yellow wooden blocks, and say, “This is a bear.”
“This is a waterslide.”
And, “This is the sunshine man I pray to.”
Kindergarteners slowly color in their worksheets, and ask, “What are crayons made out of?”
“How can people not see color? It is right there.”
“What makes the sun look white when people say it is yellow?”
First graders pull out pencils and paper. They ask,
“How do make a pencil?”
“How is white paper thinner than colored paper?
“Why does the word ‘deer’ have two ‘e”s, instead of an ‘ea’?”
Second graders ask, “What is a dream?”
“Why do some people not have toes?”
“Where does the earth end?”
But in seventh grade, people say:
“Dude, are you asking Tracy out?”
“Yeah, these are just clips of hair I can stick in if after I straighten my hair, it doesn’t look right.”
“Man, can you believe how much homework we got?!?!?”
Twelveth graders say nothing, faint mumbles in an answer to questions. Texts ping, and faces smirk as the camera flashes.
What are dreams?
Because when you can finally find an answer, you don’t.