About Slim

Did I mention we adopted a ball python for my daughter Issa in February? Her latest obsession is snakes. So, for her 9th birthday, we (my husband and I) made a donation to the Shadbush Nature Center in Shelby Township for the care and feeding of their resident ball python — Slim — for one year. The donation enables Issa participate in caring for Slim when she visits the nature center, which we try to do weekly.

Issa and Slim get some cuddle time.

On Sunday, Issa and I attended an Easter Egg Hunt event at the nature center. At the event, Issa met the Easter Bunny, hunted for eggs, met some live bunnies, and spent some time cuddling her new friend, Slim. I admire Issa’s continued interest in the sciences as well as her commitment to learning all she can about each subject that strikes her fancy. Her interest gives me a second chance to learn what I missed during my school-age years.

Bathroom Science Talk

My daughter, Issa (8), loves science. Currently, her primary topic of interest is space. Dinosaurs, snakes, grasshoppers and weather also rank in the top five slots.

Last week the Detroit Science Center succumbed to the economic woes our entire nation continues to face; and temporarily closed its doors. Here is the impact economic peril is having on young minds in my home.

Before school as Issa brushed her teeth she said…

“I am so sad about the Detroit Science Center closing. Just think about how dark and lonely it must feel without anyone there to watch the shows [in the planetarium].”

I said…

“I am sad it closed, too. I know how much you really enjoyed visiting with Grandma and Papa.”

She said…

“I might have dreams about it closing. I hope Cranbrook stays open.”

I said…

“Me, too. All of these museums need money.”

She said…

Well, the next time the Tooth Fairy visits, I’ll give the Detroit Science Center the money I get for my teeth.

Tears started to form in my eyes. I was speechless. Here, a young lady under the age of 10 appreciates the learning opportunities all of us (i.e. children, adults, teachers, students, residents, visitors, Detroiters, suburbanites, etc.) will miss if institutions such as the Detroit Science Center close temporarily or indefinitely.

Related links:

Detroit Science Center closing — at least for now

Will the Detroit Science Center Close for Good?