I TOLD YOU SO I TOLD YOU SO I TOLD YOU SO
There. I feel much better now.
The oldest child really, really, really didn't want to go somewhere tonight. He really didn't want to go to a local park where there were a bunch of high powered telescopes looking at the moon and Saturn. He just was really mad about having to leave the house and do something outside of his comfort zone. "Astronomy is dumb. It's so boring."
But honestly. I was just so frustrated by him, but the other two were game, and it's something that I was fairly certain that they all would get a kick out of. So I gritted my teeth, listened to a whole lot of whining and off we went.
As we walked up, there was a circle of telescopes in the middle of the park, maybe 15 or 20 of them, some of them bigger than this child, and mostly all of them worth more than my vehicle (which isn't saying a whole lot, but still!). His eyes got big and his jaw slacked a little and I felt a little spring in his step. He was moving faster, and I believe the word "cool" may have even slipped out of his mouth.
We were greeted warmly by one of the telescope owners and started looking through the friendliest people's telescopes. Honestly, they were all just so unbelievably nice, able to answer the stupidest questions without so much as a giggle. All three children were totally hooked.
We saw the moon. We saw craters. The youngest even claimed to have seen an astronaut (fabrication? Yeah, I think so, too.). Then it got a little darker and we saw Saturn. And one of it's moons. And two stars. And the North star. And a star that blinked and had a red and green glow - oh, wait, never mind, that was an airplane.
We stayed over an hour, just looking through different telescopes and talking to people. My child was so fascinated by talking to these people who were fluent in geek, just like him. He is making plans to go next month and the month after. He's making a list of things he'd like to see through the telescopes. And he expressed his gratitude for me taking them.
And my lip is bleeding because I've been biting it so hard for over an hour.