From the backseat of the car came the petulant tones of my daughter. Having just been told that she would not be allowed to play video games she was railing against the injustice of the world and my obvious lack of parental affection. I pointedly tuned out her complaints.
As we pulled into the parking lot at home she finally sighed loudly and said, “The only thing that will make me happy is…”
Then she paused dramatically. I took a long-suffering deep breath and braced myself for more arguments about video games, “Is what, Fiona?”
“The only thing that will make me happy, can make me happy, ” she said in her best classical dramatic acting voice, “is Science.”
“What kind of science?” I asked. It’s important to ask as I don’t own lasers, or microscopes, or elephants.
“The kind where you mix two things together to make something new.” She said.
“YES!” She bounced out of the car, ” Chemistry is the only thing in the whole world that can make me happy.”
“Okay.” I said. Really, vinegar and baking soda are a cheap ticket to happiness.