The politicians on a break and so are we…
Ms Soapbox is curled up in front of the fire playing with her Christmas List. Like most of us she has pretty much everything her little heart desires—a comfy home, loving family, semi-loving dog (Ms Soapbox ranks 3rd in Ziggy’s affections behind Missy and Mr Soapbox), and way more stuff than she needs.
Here’s Ms Soapbox’s list so far:
- Books: political, historical, biographical and crime fiction
- DVDs ranging from schlock (Indiana Jones, Laura Croft) to quality BBC mysteries
- Fuzzy socks (the old ones transferred their fuzz to my pants…a sticky-paper clothing brush would also be nice)
- Flannel PJs (the old ones have lost their flannelly oompf)
- A Time Machine (check with Elon Musk, confirm he’s solved the riddle of time travel and can guarantee that if I inadvertently squash a bug in the past I won’t return to a world governed by Donald Trump).
The first four items are self-explanatory, but you may be wondering where in time Ms Soapbox would like to go. Or you’ve decided Ms Soapbox put too much rum in her eggnog, but hey, it’s Christmas, we’re playing.
Ms Soapbox wants to go back in time to watch the magical moment when someone (I’m convinced it was two little kids) discovered fire.
Think about it. It’s not easy to create fire. The most common way is to twirl a hard wooden stick in a hole in a piece of softer wood until the soft wood starts to smolder and then add a bit of dry tinder, blowing gently until the tinder ignites.
Playing with sticks and bits of wood is exactly what children in the Lower Paleolithic would be doing on a rainy afternoon. Everything would be going well until the soft wood started to smolder. Afraid that they’d unleashed a demon, they’d throw some dry leaves on the smoke and inadvertently set the place on fire. Then after being scolded by their parents, they would sneak back to the two pieces of wood to see if they could do it again.
That’s my theory and I’d love to check it out.
At this point in the blog Ms Soapbox would normally embark on a discussion about the creativity of children and how helicopter parents are hampering the advance of civilization but I’m more interested in hearing what’s on your Christmas List.
If you were a time traveller where would you go? Perhaps you don’t trust Elon Musk to get it right, in which case is there someone living or dead you’d like to invite over for dinner? Maybe you’d like to examine the large Hadron Collider up close and personal by taking a ride on the Higgs boson?
What would you put on your Christmas List if the laws of the universe and human nature weren’t forces to be reckoned with?