Charlie with Godmother and Godfather at their wedding
She happened to come in the middle of an ongoing discussion Ryan, my neighbor (who needs a blog-name, we'll call her Labmama because of her other life as a biology lab technician), and I have been having about invisible forces. On a recent episode of Curious George the Man in the Yellow Hat told George "I think magnetism is my favorite of all the invisible forces" which I thought was hysterical and immediately shared with Labmama, who also found it funny. Since then (probably Tuesday) we've been emailing and texting each other with other potential invisible forces. Labmama came up with gravity right off the bat, but we figured since the Man in the Yellow Hat had said "...of all the invisible forces" that there must be more than just those two (magnetism and gravity). Mr. Labmama was pushing for wind, but we concluded that wind was the result of the pressure gradient force and not an invisible force itself.
So you can imagine how much fun we had on Friday night, just three PhD's sitting around drinking wine and looking up invisible forces on the internet. The next night Labmama came over and when I opened the door to greet her she exclaimed "CENTRIFUGAL and CENTRIPETAL FORCE!" and I smacked my forehead because YEAH.
Anyway, Charlie and Godmother HIT it OFF. Even before she gave him a toy Air Force One complete with jet engine noises and flashing lights. She went upstairs to wash her hands before dinner and Charlie stood in the kitchen with his hands outstretched wondering aloud "Where Godmother? Where she go?" The same thing happened every morning while she slept until a normal time and the boys and Ryan and I played trains in the kitchen.
When we weren't philosophizing about invisible forces we were eating. We made a
When I returned from dropping Godmother off at her hotel downtown tonight Charlie bounced out into the garage hopefully, then looked forlornly at the empty passenger seat of my car and said "Where my Godmother go? I can't wait for her! Where go? Where my Godmother go? I can't wait for her!" It was heartbreakingly sweet.
I miss her too. I miss all my friends from school, but it's good to know that we can just pick up where we left off when we are able to get together.