Miss Chatterbox has entered the age of the "why".
And it doesn't bother me in the least. Really. I never miss an opportunity to cram obnoxiously useless knowledge into my offspring's head. I'm raising world class, Trivial Pursuit champions here, People.
And I'm a geek. I'm cool with that. After all, not just anybody can rock these glasses.
But, I may have gone a little overboard today. Judge for yourselves.
Conversation takes place, in the car, a few minutes after getting vanilla milkshakes.
Mommy, my ice-cream melting! Why it do that?
Because it's a frozen emulsion.
No, it nilla, Mommy. Why it a frozen mulshion?
An emulsion is when two liquids, that are usually immiscible, are mixed. In this case, the milk fat globules are in the dispersed phase and the sugar water is in the continuous phase. But it's not just an emulsion. It is also a foam.
Foam? Why it foam?
It's foam because of the air particles also dispersed throughout the liquid. Since it has so many particles in different phases, ice cream exists in a constant state of flux.
Why it f*&ks, Mommy?
Flux, Baby. Not f*&ks.
Better. All matter can be considered in a state of flux because it has outside forces, like temperature, working on it. Heat in this case. Heat instigated the change in this ice cream system.
Because heat enters this ice cream system as energy and excites the water/sugar particles causing them to change states. When the liquid water changes states, or evaporates -
Vapooprate? I vapooprate. Why ice cream vapooprate?
Well you, poop, but you don't evaporate. Evaporate means to turn into vapor. When that water leaves the system, it changes the fundamental crystalline structure of the ice cream. That's how ice cream melts. That's also why it tastes different when it's melted.
I'm mentally patting myself on the back and thinking, that I finally found a use for that seemingly useless and stupid 40k molecular biology degree, I have. And that I've worn Miss Chatterbox down.
Mommy, look at my pretty picture! I'm painting!
I glance into the back seat just in time to see that she's fingerpainted the ENTIRE window with ice cream.
But hey, it's an improvement. At least she didn't chuck the milkshake out the window on to a cop car this time. Doubly good since I have expired tags right now, but that's another story...
How do you deal with your child's constant "whys"?