"How can first-graders help the earth?" she asked.
While you may think Tyson's response would have something to do with recycling and giving back, you'd be wrong. Instead, Tyson tells her that helping the world starts with loving it in all its forms, exploring all it has to offer and embracing it all in ways only a kid can. If that means jumping in puddles when they're right in front of you or banging on pots and pans even when Mom and Dad say no, then so be it.
“Tell your parents Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson said you should jump in the puddle,” he said, before rolling on the gym floor, like a big kid himself.
Then turning his gaze to the little girl's T-shirt, he poignantly reads its words aloud to the audience: “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”
The exchange, though brief, is truly touching. (As well as a reminder that maybe, just maybe, we should encourage our kids to do more puddle-jumping.)