Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Bursting my bubble

Yesterday, as I was driving through the fog, I remembered a lesson I learned in the first grade. I had just moved from Missouri to Kansas and we were learning about clouds. Or at least we were talking about clouds for some reason. My teacher, Mrs. Fry, was making us guess what clouds feel like. We were all shouting out typical six year old answers - soft! fluffy! like cottonballs! None of which were correct. Finally she told us it's a three letter word. Our little minds were stumped so she told us that clouds feel "wet." "WTF!?!" I thought, "Clouds are f'ing WET!?!?" Except I was six so I didn't really think those exact words. But I was floored. Why did she have to tell us that? WHY??

Then, senior year of high school, Mr. Klintworth ruined bubbles for me forever. He explained why they have little rainbows in them. And it's not because they are magical. Now why did he have to go explain away bubbles?? I wasn't nearly as upset about the bubbles as I was about the clouds, but I didn't feel that my life was any better after knowing about why bubbles have colors in them.

Why must everything be explained? Can't some things just be.

7 comments:

Cecilia said...

Is that why you were cranky yesterday? Can we talk when you're not cranky? Please?

kodjo said...

Ahhh..... meteorology. Want to know why rainbows happen?

Golda said...

I think someone once told me why rainbows happen. At least I feel like someone did. But I don't know why there are nearly always two rainbows.

Brian said...

I can't imagine how upset you must have been about clouds since taking the "magic" out of bubbles seemed to be a major, major letdown.

Oh, and they were still teaching science in Kansas at that time?

Golda said...

I don't know if they were still teaching science then. The only "science" I remember learning about was clouds. Oh, and once we pretended to dig for fossils but really we dug for chocolate chips in chocolate chip cookies using toothpicks.

kodjo said...

A secondary rainbow can be seen when sunlight reflects twice within a raindrop, at an angle of 51 degrees (the primary rainbow is from light reflected at 42 degrees).

Golda said...

I feel so much better now that I know that...