While no one in my family is a scientist, I grew up in a science literate family. My parents subscribed to Scientific American and Discover and several other periodicals. Our home library was filled with books written by Richard Dawkins, Carl Sagan, Stephen Jay Gould, and Stephen Hawking and others. We even attended university lectures with Dr. Gould and Dr. Hawking.
“He couldn’t sit still. The teacher was always on him.” the parent will explain to me when I ask questions about the etiology of a diagnosis of ADHD, Attention Deficit Disorder.
“How old was he?” I will follow up.
“How realistic is it to expect a five year old to be able to sit for long periods of time?”
The parent will usually display a range of emotions at this point, depending on their feelings about the diagnosis, “Probably not.”
First, as a lifelong, second generation feminist, I am so excited about your campaign and I look forward to voting for you as soon as early voting starts in my state on October 24! I am also excited that as my little 2-year-old daughter learns more about the world around her, most likely when she becomes aware of what the president is, she will see that it is an office held by a woman!