For Prof Parents Everywhere

A Dialogue with Sarah, Aged 3: In Which it is Shown that if Your Dad is a Chemistry Professor, Asking “Why” Can Be Dangerous

It’s a cute conversation and Sarah stayed engaged long past the stage at which I would have given up.

It starts:

SARAH: Daddy, were you in the shower?

DAD: Yes, I was in the shower.

SARAH: Why?

DAD: I was dirty. The shower gets me clean.

SARAH: Why?

It’s quite cute. Enjoy.

This is especially fitting for me today because it is my father’s birthday. While he is not and never has been a chemistry professor, we had equally long and involved conversations about all kinds of things.

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