Usually when my husband says this it is followed by something about superheroes or some techie gadget he read about. I don't mind listening. It's always interesting and after being together over ten years, I can hold my own in these conversations...and even add to them sometimes. Chris usually closes out the geeked out moment by saying, "Never thought you'd have that conversation in your whole life, didja?"
Last night, we took the kids bike riding on a nearby trail. While following behind Tuck, the great two-wheel bike rider, I took great pride in the fact that I had my own geek moment. While riding along, I saw a tree that had fallen. To the layman's eye it would be just a tree that had been topped off and lay in a cool position. To me...my mind immediately saw an Ent. A what you ask? Wait...why are you leaving? Come back. I have to show you the picture!
Who is familiar with Lord of the Rings? Tolkien? Peter Jackson? Raise your hands up high so I can see them. There's a few hands. OK, you in the back. The guy with the "My uncle went to Mordor and all I got was this lousy shirt" t-shirt, you know what it is? That's right. It's a tree in the books and movies that is gigantic and possesses human qualities. I snapped this picture and when Chris and Mags caught up to us, I quickly pulled out my camera to show my husband. I swear I heard him fall in love with me even more at that moment.
But wait, our geeked out night wasn't over. As we rode over a bridge on the trail, Chris spotted something beneath it. Nooooo! It wasn't the Grumpy Old Troll. How ridiculous would that be? He saw footsteps in the mud on the side of the creek flowing under the bridge. We showed the kids and immediately Tuck said,
"Those look like Bigfoot tracks"
Yes. I took another picture. Who is familiar with the show, 'Finding Bigfoot'? Anyone? You in the back with the t-shirt that says, "I'm A Squatch Watcher", you must know about this elusive creature. If you have never seen 'Finding Bigfoot', it is a group of four people gathering eye-witness accounts and evidence. During every episode, they walk through the woods using different techniques in an attempt to attract a Bigfoot. Their goal is to capture the creature on film, proving it's existence. Our kids love this show. (Ranae, the skeptic of the four, is our family favorite.)
The thing that keeps us coming back to watch it is that it uses the scientific method so clearly in every episode. The educator in me can't resist this. They model it well and our kids have picked up on it. So, when Tuck saw the footprint, he immediately thought Bigfoot. Then he looked around and pointed out all the things (evidence) in the area that the Bigfoot investigators say would make it "squatchy". I was impressed with Tuck's reasoning. A Jr. investigator in the making? Perhaps.
So, let's sum up this post, shall we?
1. I posted a picture of an tree that I refer to as an Ent.
2, I posted a picture of a footprint that I refer to as a possible Bigfoot print.
3. I posted a post about a tree and a footprint.
Oh! And to close out this geeked out post, guess where I am going tonight? To bring my husband to see the Avengers movie. Yep...
I bet you never thought you'd read a post like
this in your whole life, didja?