creatures sit there, on the edge of their perch, eyes wide
open looking expectantly into mine, 'whyyeeee? whyyeee whhhyyyyeeee'
Are these the creatures with
the mysterious call?
parent recognises this cry from the age when a child's curiousity
explodes as they grasp the infuriating power of the question
'Why?' We're currently living with two why birds,
a little one just starting to call and a fully fledged chick
that sings from dawn to dusk, 'whyyyeee? whyyeee? whhhyyyyyeeeee?'
The why bird is not an endangered species although some
consider it a real pest. There's certainly no disputing
the fact their incessant, repetitive call can be irritating.
Our two seem to thrive on their current diet of new experiences,
people and places, chattering more and more animatedly when
we answer their calls.
Our why birds at the Murchison museum
needs why birds. When we cease to be curious about the world
around us we risk stopping caring or learning about it.
The cry of why is a good indicator of a child's developing
curiosity and thirst for knowledge, something to nurture,
support, and encourage, not quash or suffocate. I've seen
why birds wither, cooped up indoors, sat in front of TV
or hooked up to a Playstation. When their calls goes unheard
or unanswered it's not long before they stop calling and
start dying. So, I do my best to answer my little birds'
questions however trying it becomes. But I'm struggling.
I think I
started pretty well and in the early days felt quite knowledgeable.
I knew I was doing OK when Matthew flattered me with, 'Dad,
why do you know everything?' But recently things have been
more difficult. Cameron now tests me in public with "Why
is that man black?" or "Why is she fat?" while Matthew probes
to reveal the depth of my ignorance with "Why is the sun
hot?" "Why do dogs have tails?" or "Why do we cycle everyday?"
I'm worried to find myself increasingly using classic defensive
responses like "Because it is," "Because God made it that
way," or "Ask your mum."
So I figured
maybe we could harness the power of the internet to help
satisfy my little why birds curiosity. Today I asked Matthew
and Cameron to tell me what questions they still had unanswered
from the big trip so far. There were quite a few so I organised
them into the lists below. If you have specialist knowledge
in one of the areas listed and would like to help support
the why bird, then why not send
us an email with an answer to one of the questions.
Something simple enough for a 40 year old to get and explain
to a 4 year old and a 2 year old. We look forward to hearing
do we have fences?
do campervans like tents?
Why do cars not speak?
Why do snow ploughs help engines take snow off?
Why are computers delicate?
Why does my computer help me to read?
Why are fun factories fun?
The natural world
is the sea is very cold?
Why does the sea come in?
Why does the moon pull the sea?
Why is chip bark in playgrounds wood?
Why do we cut down trees?
Why was there an earthquake in that house?
do we have two of everything? Like eyes and legs?
Why do dogs have tails?
Why are tummies squashy?
Why do only Mummies have babies?
Why don't Mummies have willies?
Why are mans big?
is that man black?
Why do you do wee's wee's in toilets only some of
Why do cars park in car parks?
Why are those things there in a museum?
Why do we wear shoes?
Why do I keep learning to read?
About my family
Why does Cameron keep losing
Why does Cameron sometimes be naughty?
Why does Mummy sometimes feel sick?
Why is Stuart sometimes crazy?
Why am I sometimes naughty?
Are all things made of material?
Why is metal solid?
What is a liquid?
Why does butter melt?
Why is the sun hot?
Why are ice creams cold?
us an email with your