Me: How is your new school, Euclides?
Euclides*: Good. I like it.
Me: What is your favorite subject?
Euclides: Um… I like… Um, química?
Euclides: Yes, Chemistry. I like that.
Me: Chemistry is cool.
Hank: What is química?
Me: Chemistry is a science. It is the study of matter and what happens when you combine matter what kind of reactions occur like when you mix baking soda and vinagre (vinegar) and the volcano lavas.
Hank: Oh, right. Cool.
Me: What is your least favorite subject, Euclides?
Euclides: History. I do not like history. Why we need to learn these things? They are over.
Me: Why DO we need to learn these things and I can tell you why. Would you like to know?
Euclides: Yes, I do (shaking his head) Yes, I would.
Hank: Me, too.
Me: The study of history is vital to our lives today, because everything that is happening now has happened before, the technology is different and so is the stage, but trust me all of our problems were once problems before. Therefore we need historians to learn all they can and preserve, or keep history, to advise the leaders, politicians and people of today how situations were handled in the past so that we don’t make the same mistakes all over again. The problem is that some people are not willing to listen. That, my dears, is a serious problem. So Euclides, you can dislike history all you want, but be proud of your colleagues who love it and listen to them. They carry the wisdom of the ages. A true treasure.
Euclides: I never think of it like this.
Hank: Me, neither.
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*Euclides is our family friend. He is 14 and Portuguese, but together we always speak in English.