One of the most clear memories I have of my formative years was going to the library and checking out VHS tapes of nature documentaries. I particularly loved the series of videos narrated by David Attenborough. I can easily credit him with my early desire to become a wildlife conservationalist (until exposed to the tedium of being a true scientist in college!). Last week I downloaded the Planet Earth series on our XBox – I thought it might be fun to watch while Emily taught in the evening. I also hoped that Sam would enjoy it, but in the same way that I hoped that Sam would enjoy the big kid’s book with the crazy involved plot that he has ignored from the moment that we showed it to him. Well, from the moment that he noticed the animals, he has been captivated. It has now become an afternoon routine that we’ll sit down and watch 15-20 minutes of an episode together. Sam particularly likes dogs/wolves/foxes, any kind of cat, and elephants. He is particularly unimpresed with bears and anything underwater. I know it’s silly to expect that it’ll turn into a lifetime passion, but a father can hope, can’t he?