Dr. Free-Ride: Hey, you found that book! I’ve been looking for it.
Younger offspring: Yeah, I’m taking it with me to [the house of the grandparents who lurk but seldom comment] so I can read it while I’m there.
Dr. Free-Ride: But I was going to review it while you were gone.
Younger offspring: But I want to read it so I can learn about elements.
Dr. Free-Ride: Won’t you be too busy playing with the cat and bugging [Elder offspring] to read it?
Younger offspring: No, I’ll have time to read it and do those other things, too.
Dr. Free-Ride: What about the Friday Sprog Blog?
Younger offspring: When you and [Dr. Free-Ride’s better half] come to visit for the wedding maybe we can talk about something science-y.
In fact, when we arrived before the family wedding, this is what we found taped to the wall of our guest quarters:
The sprogs are scheduled to return later today. I’ll see if I can get a full accounting of which elements are pictured here and what they’re up to.
In the meantime, if you’re enjoying fireworks today, here’s hoping you aren’t also enjoying brushfires.