Ironically, they were the very last present we opened at our house on Christmas day. They had fallen beneath a chair almost lost and forgotten. Brian opened them in the usual cheerful and grateful manner, but I sensed a bit of indifference.
The kids were the ones who found them the most entertaining over the next few weeks. I left them out on our kitchen counter to encourage creativity and to deter the kids from their usual down time activities of TV and computer games. I had a bit of success.
Among other things, Abby made a mouse
and Travis made an elephant.
One evening last week I forced the Nano dots into my husband's hands and told him to "play" while I finished up dinner.
Suddenly, his indifference turned to curiosity and amazement.
"This is really interesting!"
"The minimization of energy is so different than what I expected."
"No wonder the lattices have dislocations."
On and on it went. I laughed at him and then wrote it all down. He was hooked. A successful gift--appreciated a few weeks late, but appreciated none the less.
I love that scientist of mine.