Thursday, February 4, 2010

Newton's exceptions

I never cease to be amazed by the propensity for a young child to frequently, randomly, unexpectedly, come crashing to the ground.

No, sporting events, general playtime, or even goofy sliding around don't count in this assessment. Falling in those situations is all within the realm of the expected. I mean that moment when you see a child walk to a stop, and the little body just keeps on going until the 'thud' and the 'OW!' follow. Or even the random collapse from a seemingly absolute standstill. How do they do that? Does someone need to first KNOW about Newton's laws of motion before they apply?

More.... how do they do that, and keep getting up again? I think once gravity proved itself to be that much an adversary- to rip me over from a halt- I might just stay down.


  1. This reminds me of a bumper sticker I saw recently. "Obey gravity! It's the law!"

  2. It's how we all learn about balance (physical not spiritual). It's a precarious thing that includes perpetual and minute shifts of weight and (when walking) momentum.

    It's also why we're 27 inches tall when we learn how to do it. The adult center of gravity makes falling a real b***h!