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.


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


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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