Last week or so- HF decided that we were going to stay up super late (or some of us, nap super late) and then go out and watch the Geminid meteor shower with the Dubai Astronomy Club. I thought it was a lovely idea. The grand reveal to the children went something like this:
HF: Guys, Baba has something really special planned for you- tonight, we’re going to go to bed on time, and at ten thirty we’re going to wake up, drive out to the desert, and we’re going to see some meteors!
Khalid: -silence-his eyes suddenly widen in fear-
Me: Oh no Khalid! Not like that! Not like the dinosaurs!
Khalid: -slow, uncertain blink- So, it will miss the earth?
Me: Yes, the meteors will miss the earth.
He must not have been completely convinced, because later when we woke and loaded our drowsy but excited children into the car, Khalid just needed to reconfirm.
Khalid: It’ll miss the earth momma?”
Me: Yes dear, it’ll miss the earth.