Filial encouragement

October 8, 2012

A fragment of tonight’s bedtime conversation:

Daughter: Where is Mommy?

Me: Mommy is at the hospital taking care of the sick people. Mommy is a doctor and knows how to help them.

Daughter: What do you know how to do?

Me (hesitating): Well, I can calculate quantum transition amplitudes, and I can solve Einstein’s equations in certain special geometries…

Daughter: I think you can do better things than that.

9 Responses to “Filial encouragement”

  1. Janet Says:

    Well, I’ve helped people get well, but I’ve never done that thing you can do.


  2. Erin Burrell Says:

    Ha ha! Yes, I think you can do much better things than that! Like make macaroni and cheese!

  3. cburrell Says:

    Yes, in her eyes the macaroni and cheese is a far greater achievement. This is good to keep in mind when the annual performance review comes around at work…

  4. Vince Says:

    “I could, in principle, calculate interactions between different medicines using Schroedinger’s equation of many-particle systems. Some people need to take different kinds of medicine and it’s important to understand how they interact with each other.”

  5. cburrell Says:

    I didn’t think of that.

  6. Jim Says:

    If it makes you feel better, B and I had conversation this week that went approximately:
    Me ‘What are you doing this morning?’
    B ‘Going to a meeting about pink rainbows.’
    Me ‘Very Nice, and this afternoon?’
    B ‘Firing you Daddy, right in the fireplace!’

  7. cburrell Says:

    Ouch! What a sweetie.

  8. Adam Hincks Says:

    I’m sure Iona will change her tune next time you encounter a black hole and you are able to come up with the Kerr-Newman metric in a pinch.

  9. cburrell Says:

    I am waiting for that day, Adam. Waiting and waiting.

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