On the way to a play date this morning, Benjamin noticed that the radio announcer said that the previously played piece of music was by Beethoven. (Yes! I listen to NPR. Big surprise, there! :-) That, of course, sent him spiraling into one of his Question-Asking Filibusters.
Who is Beethoven? The composer.
What's a composer? The person who wrote the music.
Is he still here? No, he's not still alive. He lived a long, long time ago.
As I said this, I wondered if I was then setting myself up for the scrutiny of exactly how long ago...when Jesus lived? ...when dinosaurs lived?
Then Ellie stole the show. To Ben's question, "Is he still here?" she replied a split second after me, as if to confirm my answer. "No Ben. He's extinct," she said.
This hairpin turn in terminology afforded us a whole new subject to discuss the entire rest of the ten minute trip to the McKenneys' house.
As I always say, never a dull moment...