The pain and pride of growing up STEM: Here are some hints about what your family may be going through from someone who has been there.
"Hardly amazing." That's a favorite quote in my family. I'm sure your family has similar moments. Drop a few lines in the comment area below if you're willing to share them.
This one came from a little kid whose dad was also a physicist. The kid was proudly showing off her Weeble submarine.
"Look, Dad," she said, holding up the sub.
"What does it do?" asked her father.
"It bubbles," she said. And dad said -- you guessed it: "Hardly amazing."
Reading comments on EE Times and Embedded.com often reminds me of that moment. The "hardly amazing" comment occurs frequently.
Weebles submarine advertisement: Look at the enthusiasm on the kid's face before having it crushed by her father. Tragic. (Picture from Vintage Flashback.)