September 24, 2009
“When two things make physical contact, we say they are touching. However, atoms of one object can never touch the atoms of another. You know that an atom is nucleus, positively charged and is surrounded by a cloud of electrons of negative charge. The nuclear force between the two atoms is too strong for the electrons to make contact with the nucleus. There is always space between them. When two atoms are forced into contact a force called electromagnetism prevents electrons from actually making contact with each other. No matter how hard you push two surfaces together, there will always be that space between the electrons”
Mind you, I am more of an English/Human studies type of nerd, so science, especially of the physics and chemistry variety, is not my forte. But that day chemistry felt like it had more to it than just the electronegativity of electrons. The connection might sound vague and for the lack of a better word, stupid but it some how seems to put the puzzle pieces together. It made me think about people. Are humans like that too? No matter how close two people get, maybe there is a wee bit of space between them too. Space that we don’t give up or can’t give up. Or, we are unaware that the space is even there. You could have a very close connection with someone, but maybe, just maybe there will always be space that separates you from them. So, when the person leaves you, why does it feel as if a part of you left with them?