Tiarnan, the microbiologist.
On the 5th January, 2010, Tiarnan approached me with a magnifiying glass in his left hand, as I lay down in rest.
He put the lens up to his eye and peered down at the skin on my arm.
I thought this a very curious thing to do.
"What are you doing, Tiarnan?"
"I am looking for bacteria.", he announced, seriously, in his little high pitched voice.
I found myself smiling as I watched him peering intently at my magnified skin. No doubt he would not be able to see any bacteria, but no doubt, too, the view would be very interesting to a three year old.
His action was strangely revealing. It meant that he understood that bacteria were very small and could not be seen with the naked eye - but it also meant that he didn't understand quite how small they were - the magnifying lens being insufficient. Nevertheless, he had the right idea, in essence, and at least he understood that the lens would "make things bigger".
I let him peer away, as he moved the lens across any revealed skin, to see what he could find. There was another thing that he clearly understood: that bacteria would be found living on human skin. He is not wrong.
Perhaps we have another little scientist in the house. I don't know...but we shall see.
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