Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Experiments that One Finds in Bathroom Cupboards

Dozens of bloggers posted today in honor of Susan, a.k.a. WhyMommy, scientist, mother, and cancer survivor. She’s driven a lot of cancer awareness, particularly about Inflammatory Breast Cancer, which presents without a lump, and shared how she handled treatment and recovery. The cancer care packages that I made for friends earlier this year were inspired by Team WhyMommy.

Unfortunately, Susan had a recurrence and went in for surgery today. The wonderful Stimey has organized Team WhyMommy’s Virtual Science Fair, and I’ll borrow Jean’s words to explain it:

We want her to know that she is loved and supported. But we also want her to know that our love and support is not all because of the cancer. We love and support her because of who she is, not just because of what she has. She is not just a cancer fighter, but an incredible person, one is passionate about science and especially women who do science.

I loved this idea, but in the midst of a seriously crazy week at work, I didn’t know what kind of science project I could contrive for the boys. Tonight, one (almost) fell into my lap.

During the bedtime routine, I was inspecting the bathroom as Q-ster brushed his teeth. I noticed that the cup that usually holds his little brother’s toothbrush was missing.

Me: Do you know where Buster’s toothbrush cup is?
Q-ster: Ummmmm

I searched every nook in the room and located the cup, half filled with liquid and goop, in the top drawer under the sink.

Me: What is this?
Q-ster: SCIENCE!

I asked him to please not leave liquids in such spillable places in the future, but called him over to examine the results. What did he put in the cup to begin with? A big squirt of red, blue, and white toothpaste and a lot of water. Hours later, what did it look like? White toothpaste and colored water, where the dyes had washed off.

I’m not exactly sure what we learned from this, except that it’s a good idea to spit out toothpaste after brushing, but I’m glad that Q-ster was motivated to conduct his own SCIENCE project.

We’re wishing Susan great strength in her battle, and I look forward to seeing her again at BlogHer in upcoming years.


Stimey said...

How cool is that? I love that Q-ster is sneaking around doing science experiments. Classic. :)

This is also good information to have about colored toothpaste. As in, don't buy colored toothpaste. What do you think "Sparkle Fun" toothpaste would do if I let it sit in water for a few days?

Thanks so much (to you AND Q-ster) for participating in the science fair!

Magpie said...

And yeah, colored toothpaste is scary.

Anonymous said...

This is sort of alarming, considering that "children's" toothpastes seem to use the most colour of all of them. My daughter's bright pink princess toothpaste probably didn't grow that way, you know?

But kudos to Q-ster for running the experiment.

mayberry said...

I love that he thought of it as science!