COLUMN: My natural state: In awe, but clueless

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 06:03 PM.

 

“Dad, what’s this?” My son asks as he holds up a decomposing stem of a leaf.

“Ummm, not sure.”

“Daddy, do you know what that is?” My youngest daughter asks as she points to something green.

“That’s a …  I don’t know.”

The fun part is when I’m asked to identify something that looks very plain and common. First I’ll smell it, then maybe, a little nibble with some swishing around in my mouth. I will extend my arm out while holding the specimen and say with certain confidence, “that’s a Blubagondium Spirit Moss … Minor … Aeceus.” The best part is to pause and then say, “the Rufus genus.” 

Do you think they buy it? Not even close. 



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