Over the years I’ve had all sorts of people knocking on my front door. Mostly unsolicited door knockers and they resorted to knocking on the door when they couldn’t get any response after ringing the door bell.
If I’m not expecting anyone, I will decide if I want to open the door or not for them after peeking from the window.
Here is a list of people who have knocked on my door, in no particular order.
1) Jehovah Witness
They come always bearing news of the impending doom of our world. Sometimes they will leave some printed materials with catastrophic images. But they never disappoint by sending out lovely, mild-mannered elderly members of their society.
Do I open the door for them? I do but this only happens when I’m already expecting someone else but I ended up opening the door for them instead.
2) Postal worker/Posty, also incudes courier
Our regular posty is a friendly lady who comes around about 3 times a week. Courier drivers are always men who deosn’t really look like they enjoy their work hahaha!
Do I open the door for them? Of course!
3) Kids on Halloween
I’m not fond of opening my door to kids just because I don’t know how to react to this event. There was one year when I helped to open the door for my daughter to give out candies.
4) People asking for donation
This I don’t really like to entertain and I try my best to be very quiet when I see them on my doorstep.
5) Sales people for electricity/gas/phone/internet plans
Emotional blackmail at its best. No sales person offering water deals though, because there is only one company that looks after the infrastructure.
I’ve always tried to get my children to be excited about science. Because science is life, you know? Maybe also because I was a student of science. Never a brilliant learner but nevertheless I was always in awe of how science can explain (almost) everything about life itself.
My daughter does not respond well to suggestions of a home-made science experiments when she was younger. I have not asked how she feels about it now, but when I tried doing home-made science experiments with her a couple of years back, she just didn’t want to participate. Partly because she just didn’t know why we should be doing something called SCIENCE. It’s too big of a word for a little kid right?
So since then, I never tried doing any science related stuff with her.
Until a few days ago when she requested to help me fill up the ice cube tray. She filled the tray with water until it overflowed and I told her to remove the excess water. She asked me why, and I said solidified water expands and the excess water will form a solid surface on the tray making it difficult to twist the tray when we need the ice cubes later. I thought that was it.
The next night she wanted to put a toy whistle in a container filled with water, and to put the whole set in the freezer section. She told me that she wanted to see how it looks like when the whistle is in ice. So I said to her, that she might break the whistle while it is in ice because solidified water will expand, just like the water we put in the ice tray. She stopped to think and said she doesn’t want to break the whistle. Instead she put the whistle in the fridge because she wants to blow a cold whistle. I would have suggested another toy that she doesn’t want to play with anymore to be frozen, but I guess I made my point in teaching her a little bit of science?
If only it was just a little bit, but it worked, so it means I’ve done something marvellous, right?