Alvin and Doris were college freshmen at State University. Alvin was in the engineering college, majoring in chemical engineering. Doris was in the liberal arts college, majoring in literature.
Alvin was a very handsome young man. Doris was a very pretty young woman. As a chemistry major, Alvin was in his element when his class began to study the periodic table of elements. Doris, on the other hand, was very much out of her element, not just in chemistry, but in all of the science courses. Her real love was poetry.
It just so happened that Alvin was out of his element when it came to the humanities and was clueless about poetry. And with Doris being out of her element in chemistry, it seemed almost serendipitous that these two attractive college freshmen would figure out a way to leverage one another’s strength to the benefit of both.
Doris made the first move, approaching Alvin and asking him if he could help her with learning the periodic table of elements. He gladly accepted the challenge, saying to her that teaching her all about the elements would be quite elementary. Doris appreciated Alvin’s play on words and offered to help him to understand poetry.
Alvin tutored Doris on the elements in the periodic table, while Doris introduced Alvin the basic elements of poetry, such as meter, rhyme, scheme, verse, and stanza. It was a win-win for the two of them.
As they got to know one another, the chemistry between them was elemental, like a powerful force of nature. Their relation flowed with a natural rhythm and all the elements of a lyric romantic poem.
Needless to say, Alvin and Doris fell in love during their freshman year at State University and even today, years later, their relationship maintains all of the elements of that love and all of the chemistry that binds them together.
Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. as you’ve probably guessed by now, Linda has given us the word “element” to play with.