This afternoon my grandson and I were working on his bicycle, fixing a flat tire. We had to change the inner tube, after which we put the tire back together. When we inflated the tire, it didn't come back together as planned. So I had to deflate the tube and hold it together while Ben pumped. This time was a success.
I asked Ben, who is a first grader, what happens when we don't get things right on the first try. He correctly answered that we learn from it.
I then told him that Thomas Edison failed ten thousand times before he succeeded in inventing the incandescent light bulb. Ben was amazed that it took him so many times. I then asked him what would have happened if Edison had gave up before the 10,000th try. Ben told me he didn't know.
I told him that we would have to watch television in the dark.