If great responsibility comes with great power, what are you supposed to do with a great sense of humor?
There are seven books coming out this week, which is really exciting, but I find myself thinking "what would I do if the world ends Wednesday?"
I don't really believe that the world is going to end when they flip the switch on the Hadron Collider in Geneva, but still, the possibility is there, isn't it? The scientists in charge are trying to discover the secrets that make up the fabric of the universe, creating forces not seen since God released the Big Bang (or whatever theology you rationalize).
Besides being bummed that I didn't get to see my Power Girl bust from this year's auction, or have a chance to do more professionally, I'd be most upset that I'll probably be at work, away from my girls when we all blinked out of existence. They're both at such a wonderful age, one is really starting to talk, and the other just started Kindergarten. They've got a lot of living to do yet!
But pretty much since Sarah was born, I've always been worried that something was going to happen to take them away. I think this is normal and healthy for parents. Usually, I can focus on the fantastic stuff that really can't happen, such as them turning into zombies like in the Night of the Living Dead remake, or succumbing to a superflu like Captain Tripps in Steven King's The Stand, which comes out as a comic book this week. If I can keep thinking of those things, I can ignore all the other horrible stuff that happens to kids in real life that parents only have the most minimum control over. You try and let your kids have a little freedom, to let them know that you can't be scared of the world forever, but even a routine bus ride to school, a walk in your neighborhood, or time at the pool can turn tragic.
Anyway, like I said, I don't think the world will end Wednesday. I know a lot of worries come from an overactive imagination and sensationalist media, and I believe that letting go of my kids for a few hours a day is a good thing for them. But I just might call in sick Wednesday for a few hours...
Update: After reading this thoughtful National Geographic article, I'm less worried. There is not enough mass and energy available to do any immediate damage, and they're dealing with forces that have already occured in nature, so the worst that could happen is a very small black hole that would take a long time to consume the earth. That would cancel out global warming, wouldn't it? It really is another good week, so enjoy some pictures!
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