Unfortunately those are the very words Spencer spoke last week. He is usually very conscientious about his work and I never have to tell him to do his homework. (I know that’s many parents’ dream, but don’t be too jealous; it comes at the cost of some anxiety issues.) But he needed help with ideas on how to construct the chloroplast model. This is what it's supposed to look like:
Seriously?! I’m usually pretty good at coming up with ideas for stuff like that; I learned from my mom who can make anything with recycled boxes and containers, and from my dad who can build anything that can be imagined out of metal. But I struggled with this one and ruled out various options before deciding to go the papier mache route. From there, Spencer mostly took over. He used a balloon as the mold for the main part and made the disks inside out of clay. But it took time: layers of papier mache, drying time, spray painting, gluing and assembly. Towards the end, he said something about his partner. I freaked a little at this new information and asked Spencer what his partner was contributing.His answer: The powerpoint.
After listening to me rant about how that kid (and his mom) got off easy, Spencer stuck up for him and said, “He also did a lot of research. I couldn’t have done this project without him.” At least Spencer recognized he also couldn’t have done the project without me; he thanked me sincerely and asked if there was anything he could do for me. I had a long list in my head but since he was being so sweet, I left it there. I’m a sucker - he knows exactly what to say.Anyway, here’s “our” chloroplast. I think it looks better than the cartoon version above. We win.
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I started a Photography class tonight. It was pretty spontaneous; I only registered for it this morning. I took Level 1 a few years ago and always meant to continue to the next level. But with three kids and all their activities, there was never a good time. It still isn’t great; there will be a considerable amount of choreography involved to get through the next nine Mondays. But I loved everything about today’s class and am excited to get to my homework. (I will not be submitting the chloroplast photo above.)