I'm the kind of person who skips to the conversation when reading a book.
“Hey, Mom, what does plantation mean?” Hannah asked as she was working on some new vocabulary words last week.
“It’s a big word for farm,” I told her, thinking that maybe next time we’re down south we could visit a plantation.
“That’s just like phosphorescent!” Grace exclaimed.
Phosphorescent? Farm? A phosphorescent farm? I was not tracking at all.
“I don’t know what you mean,” I told Grace.
“You know,” she said, but I didn’t. “It’s like plantation is just a big word for farm, and phosphorescent is just a big word for glow-in-the-dark.”
Big words for simple concepts, I guess, is what she meant. But is phosphorescence really a simple concept?