Today is Mole Day and my 60th birthday. What is Mole Day you ask? According to the National Mole Day Foundation Inc., Mole Day is celebrated annually on October 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m.. Mole Day commemorates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 10^23), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry. Mole Day was created as a way to foster interest in chemistry. Ever since they took high school chemistry, my children have been wishing me a Happy Mole Day instead of a happy birthday. So Happy Mole Day everyone…has your interested in chemistry been fostered?
I am spending the week in Austin, Texas with my grandchildren, Megan (5) and Hunter (3). The older I get, the more I realize how quickly time passes. I can see how much Megan and Hunter have grown every time I visit. They aren’t babies anymore. They are small, interactive humans. You can have a conversation with either of them and understand most of what they are talking about.
This morning I found evidence in the bathroom that someone had diarrhea. I asked Hunter, “Do you have diarrhea?”
“No,” she said shaking her head, “I don’t have diarrhea.” Then she wandered from room to room, searching saying “Where’s my diarrhea?” I enjoyed that sight for a few minutes before trying to explain to her what diarrhea was. I finally took her into the bathroom and showed her the potty chair.
“See the poop in the potty,” I said “that’s diarrhea.”
“Yes!” she says “There’s MY diarrhea.”
It’s a great way to celebrate turning the big six-oh. Grandchildren keep me in touch with the child I used to be.
Life is good. Happy Mole Day!