We’re currently 35,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean, still about 7 hours away from Sydney.
Before anyone knew that we were coming to Australia, we sent a text to some of our family members asking them to send us a video of their small child answering this simple question: What is Australia?
First up, Lela (5 years old)…
Leandra: What’s Australia?
Lela: Where kangaroos live.
Not, bad. That pretty much sums it up. She remembered something else that she wanted to add…
Lela: …and where koala bears live.
Nailed it. Great job, Lela. Here’s a koala for you 🐨.
Jaxon (7 years old) was next…
Brandon: Okay, Jaxon. Tell me, what is Australia?
Jaxon: Australia is a dry and hot place with kangaroos and that’s about all I know.
Good job with the “dry and hot place”. Australia is the driest inhabited continent. ☀️
Jaxon’s little sister, Jordan (3 years old), may have been listening in…
Brandon: Okay, Jordan, what is Australia?
Jordan: Water, hot water, animals.
How cute is that! Well, she’s not wrong.
Time for P & P (Preslee, age 5 and Paislee, age 3)
Laiken: What is Australia?
Preslee: (apparently trying to sound like some form of dinosaur) I don’t know. (Laughs)
Laiken: (to Paislee) Do you know?
Laiken: Do you know what Australia is?
Paislee: (shakes head).
We have some teaching to do when we get back.
Finally, there’s Olivia (3 years old)…
Jaclyn: Gay and Thelton, ya know, they wanted me to ask you, what is Australia?
Olivia: I don’t know.
Jaclyn:You don’t know what Australia is? What do you think it is?
Olivia: Amity (her hometown).
Jaclyn: You think it’s Amity?
Jaclyn: Well, that’s weird. It’s a country.
Jaclyn: And you know what kind of animals live there?
Jaclyn: Do you know what a kangaroo is?
Jaclyn: Do you know what it is?
Olivia: (pauses) DRAGON!
Jaclyn: A dragon?
I hope we can avoid those kangaroo dragons that Olivia is referring to. If I see one, I’ll be sure to take a picture.