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.
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!"