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“Mom, did you know that the planet closest to the sun is Mercury?”
(My inner geek silently squeals with glee. Now, to capitalize on this glimmer of interest by overloading him with information!)
“Cool! Do you know the names of the other planets?”
“Well, I guess there’s Earth, cause we’re here, and then, I don’t know, Mars?”
I list the others. The 5 year old giggles himself purple when we get to Uranus.
“There’s a sentence you can use to remember the names. The first letter of each word is the first letter of each planet.” (Can I explain the concept of a mnemonic in conjunction with an astronomy lesson? No, even I have limits)
“It goes ‘My Very Educated Mother Just Showed Us Nine….oh MAN, I forgot that they demoted Pluto!”
So I spent the rest of the day not doing housework trying to come up with a new mnemonic.
The old one was perfect, the way it was so easy to remember, the way it even tied back into astronomy.
I tried to keep that. But it was hard.
Also hard? Keeping it age appropriate.
Eight hours later, and sadly, this was the very best I could do:
Mom’s Violent Energy Makes Junior, Sporadically, Use Narcotics.
(I expect credit, when you use this. And you will. Use it, that is.)