The Origin of Life Amongst the Apple Trees
I found it somewhat ironic that, on our way to the apple orchard for our annual apple-picking pilgrimage, my four-year old Lil D interrupted his own rendition of “Skip to my Lou” to ask what there was before The Big Bang.
Derek and I looked at each other in the front seat, kinda laughed, and I began googling ferociously on my iPad. You see, neither Derek and I are physics buffs. In fact, though I am well-versed in anatomy and somewhat versed in physiology, I avoided physics like the plague.
I first chose a Wikipedia page to read to him. I had to pause to explain a few words, but rather than become more confused, he started asking more poignant questions that we could not answer. He wanted to know how scientists had developed this theory. This forced me to explain the concept of evidence.
Derek quickly told me to turn on the voice recorder on his phone. I didn’t get the best parts, but, I did get this:
Lil D: “Before the Big Bang, nothing existed – the world didn’t exist. The universe didn’t even exist.”
Me: “That’s what the theory says.”
Lil D: “But what was there?”
Me: “Well…um… do you want me to… let me check on another webpage.”
I then read a paragraph from this page and came to the subheading “But What About God?” and read “Does God Exist?”.
And Lil D blurted out, “of course God doesn’t really exist. So what was there before The Big Bang?”
Silence from the front seat.
And I started googling the Origin of Life (because he had already explained the Origin of Species to me).
That’s where I found our apple orchard destination somewhat ironic, the Adam and Eve metaphor and all…
This child is intense.