Spark In The Dark

Good morning! 

I received this precious little bag of Life Savers mints in my mailbox at school yesterday.  You know me. There’s way more to the story. πŸ™‚

The bag said You are MINT to be a teacher. Too cute! πŸ™‚ 

Now who would turn down a breath mint? Especially if you drink coffee and work in close proximity to others. Especislly brutally honest children. πŸ™‚ Not me! But the cool part about it was my bag was more than just a kind gesture from the JWE PTAG or staff. It was a gift from God. A Godincidence. You see, just this past weekend I had purchased a large bag of wintergreen Life Savers from Walmart when I was picking up a prescription for my dad. I don’t want to smack my gum in front of our students, but I want fresh breath. I decided these would be the perfect solution. I have fond childhood memories of biting wintergreen Life Savers in the dark and watching them spark. I’m not so sure if the purpose behind watching them spark in the dark was to test the theory of triboluminescence or an opportunity to experience those junior high kisses in the dark with fresh breath for the first time. β™‘

Back to the bag of mints. I’m so easily diverted. Can you spell ADD? πŸ™‚

I stuck my bag of mints in our “candy” drawer when I got home Saturday.  I forgot to retrieve them Monday morning before I left for school..A s I was driving to school I remembered.  I was bummed. 😦 I sent myself a text to remind me to bring them the next morning.   I’d had coffee. I wanted breath mints before beginning my day with students!  Lo and behold I walked in to our workroom, clocked in, and checked my box. There was my very own bag of mints. Not any mint but my sparking mints. God is so good. He gives us the desires of our hearts. And He gives us little signs of His constant presence in our lives if we will just look. See. See through His eyes. He gave me just what I wanted. Just when I needed it.

Triboluminescence is the emission of light from something being smashed or torn. It’s similar to the electrical charge in lightning. 

Scientifically speaking  it occurs when molecules (in the case of Life Savers mints), crystalline sugars, are crushed, forcing some electrons out of their atomic fields. These free electrons bump into nitrogen molecules in the air. When they collide, the electrons impart energy to the nitrogen molecules, causing them to vibrate. In this excited state, and in order to get rid of the excess energy, these nitrogen molecules emit light. Mostly ultraviolet (nonvisible) light, but they do emit a small amount of visible light. This is why all hard, sugary candies will produce a faint glow when cracked. It’s no urban legend. It’s fact. And I’m living proof it works! Go try it in your closet with your kids or grandkids (Or your boyfriendβ™‘). It’s cheap entertainment. πŸ™‚

Sparks. We see them as a good thing. We refer to love as having chemistry, feeling sparks. I’m a spark girl through and through. β™‘ But sparks are what also start a fire. Let’s all be careful when we play with sparks. Let’s all keep our sparks positive. In love. And in Life Savers.  πŸ™‚ 

Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.                                     James 3:5

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

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