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November 3, 2006

Science Friday

Elijah in the bathtub. I'm right by the door, doing dishes. A conversation ensues.

"Daddy, what's nature?"

"The natural world."

"What's that?"

"Anything that's not made by people."

"Like what?"

"Trees are nature."

"And water."

"Right."

"Not buildings."

"No."

"Or shoes."

"Correct."

"Are cats nature?"

"Technically."

"And blood?"

"Yes."

"And bones?"

"Yes."

"Poop isn't nature."

It always comes down to poop.

"Actually," I said, "poop is nature."

"But people make it!"

"Good point," I said, "But they don't manufacture it. Poop comes out of us naturally, as part of the process of natural life."

"Pee is nature," he said, obviously onto the concept.

"Yep."

"And birds."

"Good."

"Who made nature, daddy?"

"It's a mystery."

"Was it aliens?"

"That's one possibility."

"I think it was aliens."

"Well then, son," I said. "You're not alone."

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