What is it? Maybe I’m the only one who doesn’t know about such things. I think I slept through some of my science classes but I loved this picture. It came in my e-mail. It’s a piece of art. A perfect composition, a burst of bright colors and it’s useful too! Here’s my phone conversation with my grandson Tavish who lives in Seattle and is five years old. I talked to him after seeing the picture he took and sent to me. After opening the picture I called him and interrupted his drawing.
me: Hello Tavish.
Tavish: Hi Gramma. (sound of breathing and drawing in the background)
me: I got the picture you took. What is that thing anyway?
Tavish: Oh Gramma, it’s a clock.
me: A clock?
Tavish: Yes gramma, a clock that is powered off of fruit.
me: A clock…humm… how does it work? I thought you had to plug in a clock?
Tavish: Gramma, it’s like the copper kind of gets the energy from the type of juice of the fruit. I think it’s the energy in the juice…and the electrons in the wires. It has a bunch of wires and electrons. Then the zinc and the copper holds onto the electricity. There’s copper on one side with zinc and zinc and copper on the other side, gramma. So it’s balanced.
So there you have it. An everyday miracle. Magical realism at work. Of course my grandson is a genius and an artist and a scientist and an archeologist. He is not surprised by much, he takes things as they come and is always amazed and never stops seeing.
“Don’t be so surprised…all of this is life.” Gabriel Garcia Marquez