They say there's nothing constant except change.
(Don't They? Isn't that what They say?)
Well, I think I'm getting steadily better at it -- appreciating and welcoming change. And if you feel you've also got room to improve in this area, I suggest the following experiment:
Take some kind of flat, clear glass dish and pour in an inch of whole milk. Then add one drop of as many shades of food coloring as you've got around the house. Take a look at what happens.
You'll think, hm. That's interesting. That's cool, those spots of color hanging out there in that expanse of white.
And your son will say, Let's see what happens if we . . .
Oh, no, wait!, you'll say. Because you won't be ready; you'll have hardly taken in what's there yet.
Of course, your protests will be futile, because
he'll have alredy added a tiny drip of dish soap into the mix. Just a little bead on the tip of a toothpick, touched to the milky surface. He will cackle as the colors start to chase one another around. He'll poke and prod and shake the dish, so excited will he be to see what's unfolding.
You'll say, Huh. Cool. And you'll prepare to clean up.
Then your son will ask for more drops of food coloring. More tiny beads of soap.
Oh, I don't think so, you'll say, because that part's not in the science book. Then you'll realize you're about to give him a lecture on frugality vis a vis the scarcity of such luxury commodities as food coloring and dish soap.
Then you'll sit back and watch him go.
1) You've got an exuberant son and 2) You've got your camera handy.
Because without both things, you might have ended up missing a lot of lovely stuff along the way.
Now, although I believe this experiment is designed to illustrate the concept of surface tension, I suspect that's not all it has to offer us today.