Why I Love Being Married to a Chemist
Because he can still cause a reaction in mewhen he talks about SN2 displacements,amines and esters looking for receptor sitesat the base of their ketones. Because he lugshome serious tomes like The Journal of the AmericanChemical Society or The Proceedings of the Societyof the Plastics Industry, the opposite of the slim volumesof poetry with colorful covers that fill my bookshelves.Because once, years ago, on a Saturday before ourraucous son rang in the dawn, he was juststanding there in the bathroom, out of the shower.I said Honey, what’s wrong? and he said Oh,I was just thinking about a molecule.
“Why I Love Being Married to a Chemist” by Barbara Crooker from her book Les Fauves. © C & R Press, 2017. Reprinted with her permission.Because he taught me about sublimation, howa solid, like ice, can change straight to a gaswithout becoming liquid first. Because evenafter all this time together, he can stillmake me melt.