How I discovered gravity in 1977 in a Tim Hortons parking lot

writing November 15, 2012

Do you remember the assumptions you made about the world when you were a kid? I thought there was a little man inside my stomach that ate all the food that I stuffed down my gullet. A friend of mine recently told me she thought the whole world was in black and white in the old days, not just photographs and movies. I started watching baseball in 1981; I thought the Expos were going to make the playoffs every year. When you don’t have all the facts, you make sense of things as best you can.

Here’s a story about my discovery of gravity when I was five. It appears on’s Canada Writes site, as an entry in their “Close Encounters With Science” challenge. There are doughnuts.

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