For a time I really thought I’d be a scientist of some sort. I’ve always loved meteorology and am fascinated by experiments. However, when I was a middle school science teacher my experiments were legendary for failing. But I remained undeterred from trying to demonstrate the next amazing principle.
When I was a kid, you could buy saltpeter (potassium nitrate) over the counter. If you mix it with sugar it ignites and makes a great amount of smoke.
One day I got the brilliant idea that I would make this great amount of smoke in my sister’s bedroom, open the windows, and as the smoke started billowing out – someone would call the fire department. OK, I didn’t completely think it through.
It did make a gigantic amount of smoke and some of it did go out the windows. It also burned the table top and made a gigantic mess. My plan lacked one additional detail – someone outside to SEE the smoke. It should have been foreshadowing of my renowned failed experiments as a teacher.
Give me credit for at least smoking out my sister’s bedroom instead of my own room.