Now that I'm phasing out my extra job, I'm at home more in the evenings. This means that I can take charge of my house again and that includes enforcement of limits on the amount of TV that the kids watch (it never happens when they're at home with Daddy).
So after I announced that television and computer game time were over for the day, JG and BT were suddenly at a loss for something to do. After Mommy's suggested activity, some room cleaning, BT promptly fell asleep.
That left JG alone with his own thoughts. After laying around saying nothing for a while, he asked me, "What's the actual purpose of smoking?". So I got to explain to him what nicotine is and a bit about the physiology of drug addiction.
Next came a discussion of a TV show that he's seen called Total Drama Island, which apparently is a parody of Survivor. We talked about the meaning of parody and satire and also about the way people act in real reality shows and how people in real life can be equally cutthroat.
Next question: What is a guru? This takes us to www.dictionary.com ("Wow! They have EVERYTHING on the internet!!") and an examination of how JG himself is a guru to BT at times.
I doubt that any of this conversation would have happened tonight if the TV had still been on.