May 2nd – I’ve been meaning to write about the recently deceased Edward Lorenz, considered the father of the chaos theory. But my life has been far too chaotic to discuss this amazing guy who discovered a theory that any working wife and mother worth her salt already knows. As background, Lorenz discovered the Butterfly effect which is the idea that small effects (like a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil) can trigger big things (like a tornado in Texas).
I mean, don’t we all know that two extra cupcakes consumed by a four-year-old can mean a tornado of vomit at 3 a.m. in the morning? Or that a missed phone call can mean that a car full of people might show up at your house when you’re not remotely ready for company? Or that sweet sound of silence right now means that one’s kids might be hanging out of the second-floor bedroom window or perhaps hanging the cat out of the second-floor bedroom window. Or that extra 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda (which is such a very tiny amount) in your four almond pound cakes can mean a giant, oozing, inflating mess in your oven later. That actually happened – Chaos Theory at its finest!