#AtoZChallenge: Y is for Yellowstone Park

Have you heard of the super volcano that’s going to erupt and end the world?

I have, courtesy of my 9-year-old.

The boy came home from school one day convinced that the super volcano underneath Yellowstone was going to erupt soon and when it did everyone on Earth would be dead within minutes. Everyone in the United States would be dead within seconds. And he was gonna kick back and watch it all happen, because, “it’s the end of the world — you can’t do anything about that.”

Thanks, Little Man — as if I didn’t have enough to be anxious about already.

After much fact checking, my husband and I thought we had convinced Little Man that while a super volcano erupting would indeed be catastrophic, it wouldn’t be the extinction event he was picturing. Nor is it likely. At all. We discovered tonight that our conversation didn’t really take hold, though.

At a cookout this evening, the end-of-the-world event came up. Nothing like birthday cake and mass death, right? Little Man asked his cousins if they knew about the super volcano at Yellowstone that could kill every body on Earth in seconds. They didn’t, and interestingly enough, there was no moment of panic from either boy. They went back and forth discussing ideas on how to save the world, and then had their cake. When I was that age, there wasn’t much on my mind beyond Teenage Ninja Turtles and The Baby-Sitters Club, and here these kids are talking about how to pull a Bruce Willis and prevent Armageddon 2  during a family get-together. Kids today and all that, amirite?

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Author: Erika

I’m a SAHM to two kids. When I’m not doing all the typical mom things (diapers, soccer, etc.), I like writing, reading, and playing games. Clearly I live the life of a rock star.

13 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: Y is for Yellowstone Park”

      1. Well now I’m on the spot I can’t think of any 😦 There was a great two-part TV thing featuring it but I can’t remember what it was called. I think the start of 2012 had it as well. I’m a big fan of disaster films 🙂

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  1. My kids were into possible apocalyptic events when they were younger. 2012 – when the world was supposed to end, was quite a fraught year for us, here at the Gates household. But we are still alive. Now my youngest, who just turned 19 is convinced that not only do Aliens exist, but that they are already among us. That’s comforting!!!

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  2. They’re just playin’ it cool! But seriously… I’ve overheard maybe HOURS of my husband and his friends (this was before we were married) talking honestly about how to survive a zombie apocalypse. Either these guys are too practical or they’re just trying to be tough!!

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    1. LOL! Those are the kind of people I want to know, that way I don’t have to plan for the apocalypse myself and can just crash with them 😉


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