Over the weekend I was driving my 14-year-old daughter to her friend’s house and as always, the conversation was a mammoth-sized bag of mixed nuts.
Within the 20-minute drive we managed to discuss everything and nothing AND solve a few world problems.
Things like . . .
– How you shouldn’t wear lip-gloss on windy days because your hair sticks to your mouth.
– What sucked about the last episode of ‘Lost’ – besides EVERYTHING.
– Why I shouldn’t attempt to make French toast ever again.
– And the existence of mermaids.
Me: Are you sure it wasn’t just some trick photography?
Daughter: Nope. It was real. And mermaids aren’t nice and pretty like you see in the movies. They look like aliens and they’re vicious. They’re also afraid of sharks and live really far down in the ocean. That’s why we hardly ever see them.
Me: Hmmmm and they probably smell like fish too. Ariel is such an imposter.
This truth must have struck a chord with my daughter because it led to a long pause of pondering silence. Until she said this:
“I don’t understand why anyone would want to go to school to be a marine biologist when there’s Google.”
Suddenly I’m not sure if Google is doing a really great job or a really bad job.