Kids ask why. I've never been fond of the "because I told you so" answer. It grates.
Yesterday, my eldest missed school because she was sick. My rule is, "you write the note and I'll sign it". I just can't let them be sick for nothing.
She was typing the note in on the computer while I stood over her shoulder with my trusty bull whip and I noticed she was single spacing after periods. I told her she needed to double space after periods. She said, "why do you have to do that?"
At first I was kind of concerned about the quality of education in schools these days. Then I said, "I don't know, that's just the way they do it." Whoever "they" are.
I immediately regretted it. Okay, 12 hours later I regretted it. Why do they double space after periods? Is it for readability? It creates better delineation between sentences so you can easily tell where one sentence starts and another stops? I could have had an entire dialog. It's not just periods, it's any ending to a sentence, but I didn't do any of that. I behaved like Rick.
We should be appreciative when youngsters ask why. And when you answer, they should ask why again. You'll be grooming a mind to not vote for people like Rick Santorum.
edit: I have been shown the error of my ways. It seems to be, in fact, wrong to double space at the end of a sentence. It has something to do with fixed-width and old typewriters. And you should note how blogging can be good for you. And keep asking why.