I’m taking part in Team WhyMommy’s Virtual Science Fair today to show Susan of Toddler Planet that I love her and that she inspires me. And, Susan, it’s true. You really do. I watch the way you love and parent your children so gently and so lovingly and am inspired. I see the way you care about women, women in science, and women with cancer, and am inspired. I see what a kind person you are and am inspired.
You inspired me this week to incorporate science into my kids’ spring break. We did a lot of stuff this week, but made a point to notice the science-y stuff along the way.
Here’s the thing about science, you can find it everywhere. Sometimes what you need is someone who cares about science to show you that. Whereas we used to, you know, go on walks, after reading Susan’s posts about exploring trees and rocks and water, now we go on science expeditions.
When we went to a playground last week, Sam took a notebook and a pencil and made a list of all the nature that he saw.
When we made our Peeps dioramas and melted some Peeps in the microwave, we thought about why they explode.
When we introduced ladybug larvae into our new habitat, we started the process of learning how the larvae turns into ladybugs. And we learned that ladybug babies are gross.
When we colored our Easter eggs, we watched the chemical reaction of the dye tablets and the vinegar.
When the Easter Bunny brought Jack a little model of the space shuttle, we built it and flew it all over the house.
When we went to the park yesterday and blew bubbles into the sky, we noticed how the soap solution stretches across the bubble wand and how the bubbles somehow float up, lighter than air and borne by breeze.
Susan, I love you. My kids love you. People all over the world love you. We are here fighting alongside you even if you can’t touch us or see us. Good luck today. You are going to kick this thing’s ass.