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.
Hmm - that almost looks like a chemical family wedding celebration. (Will the guests sit at the periodic table?) Perhaos the sprogs will enjoy my favourite song about atomic anthropomorphization:
NaCl [Kate McGarrigle]
Just a little atom of chlorine
Valence minus one
Swimming thru the sea, digging the scene
Just having fun
She's not worried about the shape or size
Of her outside shell
It's fun to ionize
Just a little atom of Cl
With an unfilled shell
But somewhere in that sea lurks
With enough electrons on his outside shell
Plus that extra one
Somewhere in this deep blue sea
There's a negative
For my extra energy yes
Somewhere in this foam
My positive will find a home
Then unsuspecting Chlorine
Felt a magnetic pull
She looked down and her outside
Shell was full
Sodium cried "what a gas be my bride and
I'll change your name from Chlorine to Chloride"
Now the sea evaporates to make the clouds
For the rain and snow
Leaving her chemical compounds in the abscence
But the crystals that wash upon the shore
Are happy ones
So if you never thought before
Think of the love that you eat
When you salt your meat
A year or so ago when one of my kiddos was chemistry obsessed he wore out a couple of copies of Stwertka's "A guide to the Elements". I don't know how he visualized the elements but I'm sure he saw them as his friends, perhaps even better than his friends because the elements are more predictable to him.
Last christmas we gave the Dingle book to my oldest boy who was more interested in surviving AP chemistry than in making friends with the atoms, but he still appreciated the book.
I love your kids artwork.