Necessity is the mother of invention, so they say!
I thought today I would share two small experiences of the process of lateral thought.
Our kids had never seen hot water bottles before arriving in Australia. It is never that cold in Nigeria!
One evening during our first summer, I went to get ice-cream out of the freezer. Lo and behold, what did I find? A hot water bottle, chilling. Mr O Jnr 2 had applied what I think is great logic – if a hot water bottle full of boiling water kept a person warm in winter, surely the same thing filled with ice would keep one cool in summer! Problem is freezing rubber is not too good for the rubber. I just couldn’t fault the thought process!
A couple of weeks ago I
was rudely awoken by the damn alarm clock arose from my slumber and staggered danced to the kitchen to make that first coffee of the morning. I found myself pouring brown water into my coffee cup. WTF??? Hmmmm – this brown water smelt suspiciously like Milo.
Later in the day I checked with Mr O. “YES!” he exclaimed! He had experienced the same thing when he was having breakfast.
Not only that, I could see the streaks down the jug from someone trying to tip Milo into the jug.
ALL denied having put Milo in the electric jug. Well, SOMEONE did. Milo doesn’t relocate itself!
About a week later one of the four managed to summon the courage to admit, yes, it was her. Again, I have to admit the idea was probably not so bad.
I’m wondering if I have a couple of budding inventors on my hands. This is just TWO examples. I will leave you with that thought.