Here’s how it went:
Kristen: So you’re reading the L’Engle books, eh?
Michele: Yep. I’m up to the ones where Meg and Calvin are grown up and have kids. Seven of them. Holy God.
K: Yeah, later on Meg’s mother explains it by saying she thinks Meg didn’t want to compete with her on a science level so she had a bunch of kids as a copout.
M: But Meg’s mother had four kids, and she won a Nobel prize for discovering farandolae at the same time. You know, those small, friendly creatures who live inside your mitochondria?
K: Right, but Meg’s mom was in a pretty stable environment. See, Meg had to be with Calvin on all these remote islands and stuff while he did his science experiments, so she had to home-school the kids a lot.
M: Well couldn’t she just live somewhere civilized and wait for him?
K: See I think she had separation anxiety after all those years she spent waiting for her father to come home from that other planet.
M: Oh, yeah. So what happened to Charles Wallace?
K: Oh, he does top-secret missions for the government. Wait, no, that’s Denny. Or was it Sandy? Oh yeah, they all do work for the government.
K: Yeah. Did you get to the part yet where they regrow that girl’s arm using research on the regenerative abilities of starfish?
M: Wow, science is so keen.
K: Yeah, and just think: none of it would be possible without the man upstairs.
M&K: Thank you, God!
M: Wanna try and fold space in half so we can go see other planets?