Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Recipe for Disaster and Cookies

The school has assigned another social studies project for Son. This time, the class has to work in small groups to produce a scrapbook on ancient India and China. Son has decided to work with Thing 1 and Thing 2. The teacher told them that they would have class time, but they may have to work at home if they can't get it all done in class. Because of either poor planning or, I don't know, a Martian invasion, the teacher decided to give them an extra day. Son and the Things could use an extra week. Son isn't in any outside activities, but Thing 1 and Thing 2 have been busy with judo, baseball, and whatever other organized activities kids do these days that involve irate parents and lots of driving.

As I am writing this, Son and the Things are running around trying to get this scrapbook done. The Things are reading some information on ancient India and trying to do an imitation of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. Son is yelling at the Things to tell them to stop doing that and start working. As the deadline approaches, tempers are wearing thin, and the kids are getting a bit frazzled.

Last night, Son told me, "This would be a lot easier if I could just do all the work myself." Given that he had tried to pawn off much of the work from his ancient Egypt project on Thing 3 a few weeks ago, I believe this to be a great stride. I hugged him when he said that.

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