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"In my lab"

The Little Fayoumis has an interesting thing, something that many kids and some adults have going on: an imaginary retreat that has all the cool things in the world, where everything is possible. Little Fayoumis calls it his lab. (The name comes from Dexter's Laboratory, and some of the imagery comes from the Spyhunter game, one of the enemy bases.)

He's got everything in his lab. He's got a million bucks, he's got all sorts of toys, he's got a car... if he's seen it, or can imagine it, he's got it.

To further the delights of his imagination, I requested that Edmund's Scientific send their catalog. He gets to look at that and see the things he wants for his lab. He's very clear on the idea that he gets everything he wants in his lab, and that's not the case in the outside world. So, when I tell him that he can look at that for stuff he wants for his lab, he knows that it may or may not happen in the real world, but we still want him to be having fun with the stuff.
Gone away, gone ahead,
Echoes roll unanswered.
Empty, open, dusty, dead.
Why have all the Weyrfolk fled?

Where have dragons gone together
Leaving weyrs to wind and weather,
Setting herdbeasts free of tether;
Gone, our safeguards, gone, but whither?

Have they flown to some new weyr
Where cruel Threads some others fear?
Are they worlds away from here?
Why, oh why the empty weyr?

-- "The Question Song", Anne McCaffrey
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