At the end of my day yesterday, I arrive home with a lot on my mind. Getting dinner started for the kids, organizing my time until I need to leave at 5:30... and as I enter the kitchen, and drop my keys and phone on the counter, I see spread before me on the 12 foot kitchen table a huge MESS... and a small dwarf whirling around creating.
I inhale deeply, approach the yellow headed dwarf and ask what I think is a very simple question..."What is this big mess?" (for anyone that had little kids in the early 90's, said in the voice of Molly and the Big Comfy Couch, at the end of her 30 minute show, when she looks around and raises her hands and says: "who made this big mess?" )
Sheepishly Bashful looks at me, places a hand in the air and says, "I am making fish. For a project. At school. I know what I am doing! " Okay, maybe he does know what he is doing, and maybe he has a plan... but the next question is "when is this due?"
Drum roll please.... Tomorrow! "What, I say, you have got to be kidding me. When did you get this assignment?" "two weeks ago mom." " Do you have the instructions for this project?" "No, I don't need them, I know what I am doing."
I instruct Bashful to stop creating and go get me the paperwork that describes the project. He digs for a long time in the folders and binders in his backpack, finally withdrawing a goldenrod sheet of paper that has more creases and folds than a ninety-five year old, and with a dramatic flare, produces the directions, simultaneously pronouncing : " See, I know what I am doing."
It turns out that this project, which was due the 28th of February (even though he claims the date was changed to today the 5th of March) is an elementary exercise in magnets and or electricity. Insert head scratch here - what do I know about either of these things? and on such short notice - NOTHING.
But in Bashful's defense, he had this ! Once he enlisted the help of the whole family, to procure, bobby pins, magnets, fishing line, poles, scissors, a box from the trash, glue, and construction paper... well viola... a fish pond, with fish that were attracted to the magnet on the end of the rod, with questions about magnetics and electricity on each fish.
Did he complete the project to the extent that it was supposed to be done, I can not vouch for that. The basics were in place. As a procrastinator, he needs to learn a valuable lesson about planning, and working ahead and this may be the perfect way to learn that lesson. Did he give it an A+ effort - nope. But will he most likely get an A for effort yes, and overall after the deductions for the missing parts I say it was a solid C project.
While this situation has probably happened at your house occasionally over the years, and the result of throwing something together at the last minute may vary from house to house...Your really can't make this stuff up...