Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Middle child: Mom, my report on the digestive system’s due tomorrow.
BSR: Ummm…. Report? The one you told me about last week, but you didn’t know the due date? The one we thought wasn’t due for weeks?
Middle child: Yeah, that one.
BSR: You were going to ask the teacher when it was due…
Middle child: I forgot, but it’s due tomorrow. I have to do a model of the digestive system in clay. And I have to write a report on all the organs.
BSR: Oh… (BSR flushes, grips steering wheel harder)
Intrepid team arrives at craft/hobby store, in pursuit of clay.
Team departs craft/hobby store with one huge tub of clay in four colors, one car model (for youngest child, to keep him occupied) and two photo storage boxes (well, they WERE on sale…).
Popcorn popping at team headquarters, lemonade at the ready. Look of concern on all faces (well, save youngest child, who frankly couldn’t be bothered as he had a new car model).
4:00 – 4:59 p.m.
Team member BSR forms the esophagus, the first of the 10 required organs. BSR and middle child work feverishly, forming organs from clay.
Middle and youngest child snicker at proper usage of word “anus.” Hilarity ensues. Middle child ponders as to how the planet “Uranus” was named. Continued hilarity.
BSR operates label maker madly.
“Mr. Digestion” completed
Summary of various organs completed (i.e., written report).
BSR breathes sigh of relief. Another crisis averted.