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Oranges are for eating, Dad

To explain the seasons to the boys when they asked about them, I got out an orange and a ping-pong ball.

‘This orange is the sun,’ I told them, ‘and this ping-pong ball is the Earth.  The Earth revolves around the sun’–here I moved my models, delighted to see the boys entranced, their wide eyes fixed on my substitute sun.

‘Now–can you see how it goes?’ I asked proudly, convinced I’d given them the gift of wonder.
For a moment they were silent.  Then the younger asked brightly, ‘Dad–can I have that orange?’

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