Tuesday, October 7, 2008

That Tree is Losing its Chlorophyll!

As we were driving down the road today Hunter was ecstatic about pointing out all the trees that he saw that were losing their chlorophyll, a phenomena that I brought up a couple days ago which he has been talking about since.

We further discussed it today, talking about how chlorophyll is a green chemical that plants make from the energy they get from the sun. "That process is called photosynthesis, can you say photosynthesis?"

"When the sun isn't out as long each day, and as earth gets farther away from the sun, the plants can't make as much chlorophyll because they don't have enough sunlight, so we start to see the pretty colors that the leaves are underneath the green chlorophyll. Look at all the colors, some trees are red, some are orange, some are yellow. God made the trees those pretty colors and now we get to see them because they are losing their chlorophyll! Look at the grass. See how the grass is starting to look a little bit brown? Grass needs sunlight too because grass is a plant, and it makes chlorophyll too which is why it is green."

"So the light from the sun is what plants use to make food. Isn't God amazing?" "What do they drink?" he asked. "Water, remember? They drink water through their roots when God sends rain, just like we talked about before. Look outside, it's overcast now, do you think God is going to send them something to drink?"

In retaliation to the overcast sky, I began singing my own version of "Mr. Golden Sun" which came out like this:

Oh Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun,
Please shine down on me!
Oh Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun,
Hiding behind a tree!

These little plants are asking you
To please come out so they can eat from you

Oh Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun,
Please shine down on me!
If you know the original song (which he does) it's suppose to be these little children are asking you to please come out so we can play with you. Needless to say, he thought this version was nothing short of hilarious and kept asking me to sing it "Again! Again!"

His giggly smile was so beautiful it made me smile and laugh harder than he was. Only a few of the trees are starting to change colors right now, but pretty soon we will be seeing many more that are "losing their chlorophyll". We can both hardly wait!

"And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart... While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."
Genesis 8:21-22

Hunter is 3 years, 6 months old

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