Sometimes small moments capture a child’s perception of the adult world that surrounds them. This weekend I was lucky enough to overhear a conversation my son was having with his very young daughter:
My son was patiently talking to his daughter about the next days activities, when she suddenly interjected with:
Daddy can I ask Google something on your phone?
The availability of expert advice had been shared with her the previous week and she was keen to use it whenever a suitable question occurred. As she had been far too busy so far that day at the park followed by cutting, sticking and painting, this was perhaps her first potential moment.
Without prompting she sat quietly for a second and then lean’t forward and said:
Google what’s the weather going to be like tomorrow?
Google promptly answered her question with:
The weather in … is going to be 18° with showers
She thought for a split second and then said:
Actually Google Id like sunshine.
She then sat back, smiled and said to her Dad:
There I’ve sorted it, its going to be sunny now!
My son and I looked at each other and both realised that to our lovely three year old little girl, Google had taken on the role of God.
So Google, you have a lot to live up to!