Yesterday, we started our first homeschooling bacteria growing experiment. #awesome
However, I think I over-shared with the boys during our experiment.
The petri dishes made me flash back to a story my dad told me about when he was finishing up his Masters in Nutritional Science at UC Berkeley and his sandwiches kept getting stolen.
My dad was a body-builder and would go work out at the same time everyday at the gym after class. He would leave a sandwich in his locker and every day it would mysteriously go missing. Lesson number one for anyone: don’t take food away from my dad, he likes to eat. He left a message to whoever was taking the sandwiches to please stop, but to no avail. So finally, my dad got fed up with the sandwich thief and put his education to “good” use.
My dad had been growing salmonella and decided to smear it on his tuna sandwich. He put the bait in his locker and like clockwork it was gone. A student who worked out with him was also absent for quite some time after that. Also, my dad’s sandwiches were never bothered again.
Well, that is a morally questionable story to begin with, but definitely not one to be telling a four and six-year-old currently growing bacteria (albeit harmless). Especially since they were much more amused by it then I thought they would be.
I am going to avoid making sandwiches for awhile.