Friday, January 16, 2009

It Sounded Vaguely Scientific

Ok, so what you need to know is that it's -22 degrees here. Not wind chill. TEMPERATURE. Also you should know that I don't always think things through before acting, and I love nothing better than a "teachable moment."

Moving on... this evening as we're getting ready to eat dinner, Bear enthusiastically tells us that one of her teachers said she was going to go home and try throwing a glassful of water (minus the glass) into the air to see if the water froze before hitting the ground. Sounds intriguing, right? I thought so.

I fill a glass with cold water, say, "Follow me, kids!" and boldly step outside into the Arctic air wearing just pajamas and slippers. I hustle out to the sidewalk, with eager children and curious cats peering out the door after me.

"You'll have to throw it pretty high," hollers Daddy Shortbread from the warmth of the living room.

Putting some muscle behind it, I fling the contents of the cup into the air. The girls watch with interest as the water (not ice) droplets rain down, drenching my hair and shoulders.

I stand in my pajamas on the icy sidewalk, outside in the -22 degree night with wet hair and holding an empty cup, and think this, THIS is motherhood. Sucker.

8 comments:

Nana said...

I assume the teacher ate her dinner with a wet head also. At least you're not the only sucker.

Nana said...

Might that experiment have worked if you'd used hot water? Remember, how water freezes colder than cold water.

Nana said...

Okay, let's try this again when my attention is on what I'm typing...

Remember, hot water freezes faster than cold water.

Caffeine Court said...

HA! That is something I would do!!

You're a good mom. A cold, wet, good one.

racheld said...

Same temps here, all this past week. Glad you did the experiment first , cause that's just like something I would do!

parnola said...

Did said teacher indicate you must throw it above your head? Why not throw it up and IN FRONT of you? I realize you were never the smarter of the two of us, but ... :)

Tom said...

Part the third is great. I especially love the one of me and Mitties.

Nana said...

I hear ya, Uncle Awesome. Kind of makes one wonder if common sense came into play at all in that experiment! :)

Let's file this one away for a later time when we need "ammunition" against Jenny Benny. :)