8.20.2008

One of my Favorite Quotes

This is widely attributed to Mark Twain but there's some evidence that he may not have said it. Either way, it is one of my favorite quotes of all time.
"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."
I never felt anything like this about my own father. Its hard to think of a highly educated industrial chemist as being ignorant. My dad was the kind of dad you could ask almost any question that a child will come up with, things like "Why is the sky blue?" or "Why does milk curdle if you add orange juice to it?" and he would give you a fully reasoned explanation. Sometimes going so far as to describe the chemical processes at work.

My dad was awesome. I still miss him everyday.

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