- I am a Gypsy Prince 2 -
(This is the SECOND book of my famous sequel 'I am a Gypsy Prince')
8. Misha teaches me about our sun; gravity; and the four seasons.
The next morning, I woke up early, feeling quite a lot better and certainly less tired.
I left my bed, and found out that my poor body still felt as stiff as a dead tree!
From behind our windows, I stared at our faintly glowing campfire and empty wooden benches.
Feeling a bit disappointed, I limped to my parents' bed, and silently crawled in between them.
"Harry, wake up and eat your breakfast! Misha sits on our bench, waiting for you to show up."
I opened my eyes in sudden shock, and squinted at my Mom's smiling face.
I jumped out of my parent's bed in a sudden hurry...
A couple of grown-ups had already gathered around our campfire; planning to visit a nearby gadjo town, to try to find some work.
Misha sat on our Royal wooden bench, staring at our campfire while silently playing with his fingers.
I forgot my cramped legs and sore feet, and hurried to our kitchen:
"Come on, Mom, please hurry up! Misha WAITS for me!"
"Yes, I've told you... Now, don't be impatient and eat your breakfast. I'm sure Misha will not go anywhere without you."
I wolfed my healthy breakfast down in record time, and gulped my glass of milk.
Much to my relief, Misha's face lit up like a torch when I finally showed up.
Immediately, Misha was all over me, trying to help me sit even more comfortably.
"Sorry, for making you wait, this first morning! My parents didn't wake me up in time..."
"Yes, I know. Your Mom told me she would let you have some more sleep, after everything you went through."
For a moment, I felt angry at my Mom, who didn't wake me up in time.
Misha looked at me with little fun lights in his eyes, while he asked:
"Did you enjoy your beauty sleep?"
"Oh yes, I certainly did! Of course, I don't have to be afraid of LOSING my beauty..."
A moment later, we were rolling around on our bench, trying to tickle each other, as usual.
Now, Misha told me to be serious, and listen to his first lesson:
"Sit still, and let's have a look at what I want to teach you today..."
I nodded, sat still, and held my breath in anticipation; while Misha went on:
"First, I want you to have a look at the sun over our heads, without staring into it. What do you think the sun is in reality?"
"Well... It looks like a very bright lamp; but I don't understand how it lights while Pietro hasn't attached it to his batteries."
Misha started to chuckle, while he answered:
"Then, Pietro would be able to turn it on and off at will! Fortunately, the sun doesn't need any batteries, because it is not a lamp and doesn't use any electricity.
"Yes, I know. But, who blows onto the sun, to make it glow?"
"Well... that's a question I never thought of. I don't know... maybe our Supreme Being?"
I looked up at the sun and the surrounding sky, but didn't see anybody blowing on it...
In the meantime, Misha squatted down, and fetched an old tennis ball and a small round pebble from under our bench.
Misha put the tennis ball down onto our bench, and demonstratively circled his small pebble around it:
"Now, I want you to imagine that this tennis ball is our sun, floating around in our universe, glowing and radiating its bright yellow light.
I looked up at my teacher, indignantly, sending him a death look.
"Why can't I feel our earth turning around? How come it doesn't make people feel dizzy?"
"Of course, our earth turns around extremely slowly. It takes a whole day to complete one turn around its axis; and that is too slow to feel anything.
Suddenly, I understood how some little flea, sitting on the turning pebble, would see our sun disappear and show up again, day after day.
"Why does our earth never collide with the glowing sun? That would put everything on fire!"
Misha chuckled at the rather absurd idea.
"Where is the rope? I don't see any, and doesn't a rope easily catch fire on the glowing sun?"
"The rope is an invisible one, called 'gravity'. Gravity also pulls everything towards our earth; that's why all things always fall down."
Chuckling inwardly, I imagined our Supreme Being, swinging our earth around and around, attached to an invisible rope of gravity.
"What happens if the rope breaks? Then, the earth will fly far away, just like our swinging pebbles do all the time..."
"Well... I think our Supreme Being will catch the earth in time, and immediately attach another rope."
"What if He sleeps when that happens? That would cause a real disaster..."
"I think He doesn't need any sleep, because he's way too busy governing everything."
"What is 'governing'? Is that the same thing as navigating?"
"I think that is the same thing; but let's now go back to what I want to teach you..."
"Sorry, for asking too many questions. Am I annoying you?"
"You will never annoy me; but you are asking exactly the things I never thought of!"
"Sorry for that. Even my Dad always complains about my zillions of questions. He calls me a 'walking question mark'...
Misha started to chuckle, but he answered my last question:
"A 'zillion' of anything means it is totally impossible to imagine how much it is in reality."
"Huh? Am I really asking THAT many questions? Wow..."
We continued talking about impossibly large numbers, until Misha finally begged me to stop my questioning.
Of course, I immediately invited him to my own caravan, to drink some fresh orange juice!
Walking together, we went to my caravan, while I slowly hobbled next to Misha.
I took a couple of oranges from our stock; and prepared two helpings of fresh orange juice.
Misha sipped his glass, licked his lips, and told me with beaming eyes:
"I am VERY impressed by your ability to make everything taste so much better. It's unbelievable!"
"Thank you for your compliment, and I am very happy with it as well! My mom always calls it my 'gift'."
"Please, could you teach me how you do it? I surely would like to have such a gift too..."
"Well, I could give it a try... but, first, I want you to teach me how I can find my way through our woods all on my own, without getting lost!
"Well, actually, this is very simple. Just remember what I told you, about the earth circling around the sun at some angle..."
Misha explained how a little ant, sitting on the boulder, saw the heat-radiating sun moving from north to south and back during the four seasons.
I felt very excited, now that I finally understood why our earth became colder during winter, when the sun was low at the horizon!
We rinsed our empty glasses in the sink, and returned to our wooden bench.
"Now, you can see how the glowing sun seemingly moves from east towards west, every day.
"Yes, I see; but does our earth always turn in the same direction? Or, does it change directions from time to time?"
"Fortunately, the earth always turns in the same direction!"
"What if our Supreme Being wants to pull a joke on us, and reverses the turning to have some fun?"
"As far as I know, our Supreme Being never did such a strange thing."
"It would be very strange to see everybody growing younger, instead of older..."
"Now, stop joking around, and try to follow this important lesson! You need it, to understand my next couple of lessons."
"Yes teacher. Sorry teacher, for bothering you. I will try to behave from now on."
Fortunately, Misha wasn't too angry at me, for teasing him and being such a nuisance.
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