Look Familiar, Soccer Moms?
by An Ordinary Man (the novel)
“‘I suppose you’re right. He’s a good man. I guess I have to show him more gratitude for working late so often.’ At that moment, Katie came running off the field, crying. The Brownian movement of untrained eight-year olds pretending to be a soccer team resulted in the inevitable smashing together of knees. Mrs. Simmons gathered the injured child onto her lap, smoothed her hair back from tear-streaked cheeks and gave her a consoling kiss, all without hardly interrupting their conversation. ‘I just wish he knew how hard I work as well.'”
“a random movement of microscopic particles suspended in liquids or gases resulting from the impact of molecules of the surrounding medium —called also Brownian movement”
– Merriam-Webster (m-w.com)
Robert Brown (1773 – 1858) was a Scottish botanist who noticed this phenomena, which eventually helped confirm that matter is made of atoms and molecules and has applications in the real world I know nothing about. Still, I watched it once under a microscope and thought it was cool. And it does look something like kids playing soccer.