How Old is Old?

November 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

It is thought that the oldest human being lived to be one hundred and twenty-two years old. That seems like a long time, until we consider the age of planet Earth.  Humans, even the old ones, were here for less than the blink of an eye on the planetary timeline!

Even, Mother Earth herself is a youngster in relation to the other planets in our solar system. And our solar system … just a baby in a sky full of stars whose age challenges our calculating capabilities!

So what IS really old? 

Wisteria needs to find out!

In Wisteria’s Show and Tell Spectacular: Older than the Dinosaurs,Wisteria, the self-proclaimed Queen of Show and Tell must bring in something really old for this week’s assignment.

She begins her search in the kitchen, but all she finds is an old petrified bagel, some moldy cheese and a few wilted daises.

Next she tries her bedroom but nothing there is even as old as she. Frustrated, her mother suggests they take a walk in the park.  There she meets her neighbors who look like they’re pretty old.

“Hi!” said Wisteria, “I need some help with Show and Tell.  Are any of you really old?”

“We’re older than you, but we’re not really old if you’re thinking in terms of the dinosaurs,” Mrs. Miller replied.  “I’m almost seventy, but my father calls that young.  He’s ninety-two.”

“And I’m just in my eighties,” said Mr. Mac, “so you can leave me be.  I’ve heard about those Show and Tell spectacles at your school.”

“Oh, don’t be such a crab,” said his wife, Mrs. Mac.

“Wisteria, I think I can help.  My job as a geologist is to find things that are very, very old, even older than the dinosaurs.”

“Older than the dinosaurs?  Wow!  How far would we have to go?”

“Just to your backyard.  I’ll meet you there at three.”

With Mrs. Mac’s help, Wisteria was ready for another one of her famous Show and Tell Spectaculars!

Share the fun, learn about what’s older than the dinsaurs on our Fun Stuff page.


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