Mama Diaries

Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Science Experiments

My family must've been feeling very scientific yesterday, because they came up with a couple of interesting experiments.

"Mama," my eight-year-old son said.  "Can we have some sand?"

"What for, Bubba?" I asked. 

"You'll see."

I got some sand.  My kids put it out under the hot sun and got a magnifying glass. It looked like they were trying to direct a sunbeam onto the pile of sand.  "Um, what exactly are you doing?" I asked.  "Starting a fire?"

"No, Mama.  We're trying to make the sand really hot to turn it into glass."

I had to explain that the little sand to glass process was something that should take place in a furnace and not in the middle of my driveway.

Fast forward about an hour.

"Do you want to see my experiment?" my husband asked.

I couldn't wait to see what he was up to.  I followed him out to the middle of my driveway. (Yes, another experiment in my driveway.)  I saw a bucket with bubbling fluid in it.  "What is that?"

"Battery acid," my husband explained.  "I'm neutralizing it by mixing it with four boxes of baking soda."

"Oh," I said.  "So what does it do - turn into water?"

"Actually, yes," my husband replied.

My son heard that and put his two cents in. "So can we drink it when it's done neutralizing?"

"Absolutely not!" I said.  "I don't care how neutralized it gets.  Nobody is ingesting something that was once battery acid!"

Oy gewalt!  


  1. LOL good call on the battery acid one. So you just have sand lying around to give?

  2. We moms have to be the voice of reason sometimes! Ha- very creative minds in your house~

  3. LOL! Like father, like son, I see. (I wouldn't want to drink battery acid, either, so good call!)

    1. Something would be inherently wrong about drinking something that was once battery acid!

  4. Sometimes I wonder about your husband . . . .


    1. Ha! I bet you wondered about your ex-husband, too! I think it has to do with that Y chromosome.

  5. Good post for a Monday morning to bring a smile to the face.


  6. Your driveway is a science lab! Cool. :)

    1. There's a lot of space in my driveway, so it's perfect for such things.

  7. I can't imagine playing with battery acid in any manner, but I never knew you could neutralize it like that. Wow!

  8. It sounds like Bubba may be ready for his first chemistry or biology set, and it sounds like your husband would enjoy it with him.

  9. I remember some of my experiments as a kid reading this!