Wednesday, April 26, 2006

And now for something completely different

Many astronomers are known for their hard work and dedication to science. But most of us also have lives outside of our research work. Part of the Copernican world view we take makes us realize that astronomy is not the center of our personal universe, but just a part of it. And some times the other parts take precedence. Today I left my astronomy universe, as my tween daughter needed to have some surgery. It was not life-threatening but was necessary nonetheless. Though she went through with flying colors, now she is in the none-too-fun recovery stage, where she's having to go through some fairly intense pain (though the medication helps a lot). Still, as a father, it is very difficult to watch her suffer, and I dearly wish I could wave a magic wand and make her all better instantly. But I can't, and so I feel bad for her. Worse yet, I have to leave her to go up to the telescopes at Kitt Peak for some observing. Neither option is much fun. Anyway, she will be much, much better in a couple of days, and I am greatly looking forward to that. Meanwhile, the Universe can wait. Chances are good it will still be there tomorrow.

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