Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Remember the Alamo...the Delicious Alamo

Remember...
If you have young kids, here is a warning: there are only so many days in a child's life that can be legitimately called childhood. You'll miss those days in ways you can't even explain when they are gone. 

(Hopefully, you won't have an abundance of days where you just consider your progeny "childish." It's not the same and you don't get the same feelgood feeling. And remember, homicide is a crime - everywhere, people.)

Tonight, Gonzo put the final touches on his project in his "project based engineering"class. He has a great teacher, Ms. J, and the last assignment before break was brilliant. The kids had to make a model of a building of their choic, one where people would go in and out, and it had to be made entirely edible. 

Whether silly or practical, I enjoy watching kids do projects. Magoo made a great volcano and we watched it erupt on the back porch once. Juggernaut created a high school portfolio that made his school principal tear up and ask for an extra copy. Gonzo and Magoo both made Pinewood Derby cars and raced them; lots of planning and debating went on over sand blocks, paint and decals. Then there was the rain gutter regatta where Gonzo won first place with his catamaran. Lots of days and nights; many inspirations and ideas. 

This edible building idea cracked me up in its creative stage and made me smile as it developed. It's not a great model, it's a fun model. Though I doubt the Alamo had a silver cookie sheet rim of protection (if it did, it wouldn't have fallen, I'm almost sure of it), the pretzel cannons would make me think twice about attacking it. Can't you just see Santa Ana storming the mission with green coconut on his shoes? 

Time is flying by and the day will soon come when I don't have anyone who needs help with homework or projects. On that day, when I'm feeling kind of blue about childhoods that have past and children that have grown, I'll remember the Alamo.

23 comments:

  1. No wonder Santa Anna wanted to eat...er...attack the Alamo! ...and your first sentence should be made up into a card, a bumper sticker, a bookmark for anyone who deals with children as a reminder... thanks!

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  2. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    Shady Del Knight here, recently voted "The Taj Mahal of bloggers."

    Gonzo did a fine job building an edible Alamo. Warning: keep it in a safe place. If Coco attacks and eats the whole thing, come morning I guarantee she'll remember the Alamo as she drinks Alka-Seltzer from her dog bowl.

    I participated in my school's science fair a couple of times. One exhibit I made showed dinosaurs in their natural habitat and another was a model of the Milky Way galaxy. My dad and I worked together to build a car that I entered in the annual Soap Box Derby. He and I also collaborated on building and flying a sophisticated glider airplane with a 7 foot wingspan along with various other smaller scale models planes and cars.

    Happy Wednesday, dear friend Cherdo!

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    1. I think that being the cheerleader for a project is one of the most rewarding parent activities (even a lopsided Alamo, ha ha).

      Running, not walking, this morning! Have a lovely day and I'm going to wear my big girl pants from Sunday to Wednesday...where are they? Oh. All my pants are big girl pants. My bad.

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    2. That's my brave girl! I know you will be fighting back the tears, maybe even shedding a few while I am away. It's okay. It's normal and natural to cry at a time like this. Perhaps you and Janie Junebug could hold a candlelight vigil until I make my triumphant return to blogging.

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    3. Janie's parole officer says she can't be around fire.

      Getting the flashlight.

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    4. You are in so much trouble, Cherdo.

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  3. Do you have to be Mexican to eat it, though?

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  4. Now THIS is so inventive and brilliant. It really makes the children think and use their imagination. This Alamo is delicious and so well concocted. Take it all in because it does not last long. What lasts long on the pictures you take and the memories. I hope one can dig in to the Alamo later

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    1. It was pretty cool - one kid made a lighthouse, Davy Crockett's birthplace, Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water house, a Tardis...they were all really good.

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  5. That is so cute!

    Childhood doesn't last long. Even now, I'm missing the days when my kids were little. They're growing up fast!

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    1. Sometimes when I see a toddler, I get heartsick...it's like my toddler boys were kidnapped.

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  6. You have me thinking about some of the projects Favorite Young Man made. When he was in sixth grade, he and a friend made something based on a description in a book. They used a board that was painted blue to represent water. Then I think they made islands. I was in charge of mixing the flour and water that became islands. Every time I mixed more flour and water, I thought, This must be enough for them to finish.

    But they needed more and more and more. They got an A on their project. I'd be glad to mix flour and water again for those boys who have become men.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I forgot to say, Good job, Gonzo.

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    2. Boys look at projects differently than girls, don't you think? They are all about bigger and better...but mainly BIGGER.

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    3. Girls are about making it look pretty and glittery.

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  7. I love it! Great job...and wish I could have a taste.

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    1. The creative projects are the most fun.

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  8. What a great idea for a model! What you say about fleeting childhood is right. Kids are in such a hurry to grow up, then adults miss the simplicity of youth. I remember making a castle out of sugar cubes for class. I think half the cubes ended up getting glued on the castle and the other half ended up in my stomach. ;)

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    1. That's funny that you mentioned sugar cubes. We talked about that a bit, but couldn't find them! I would have thought it would be easy to find. Not so!

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  9. What fun! Those are the memories that last Cheryll

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo