Friday, March 7, 2008

Haiku Friday: the college behavior at 13 edition

Haiku Friday

Pulling all-nighters
is a little advanced for
middle-schoolers, no?


Well, ok, it wasn't STRICTLY an all-nighter, but close enough for government work. The Roo-girl was up till 2:30 (and then up for school before 7 a.m.) working on a project Wednesday night ... uh, Thursday morning.

In my usual great-parenting-moments way, I had no idea, having passed out myself long before I could find out who really killed the playboy-rapist on "CSI: NY."

But, man, when she puts her mind to something, nothing can stop her.

Assignment: a travel brochure for a trip to the sun (for science).

Reality: Thank GOODNESS this one is a girl. Art projects that masquerade as legitimate academic assignments used to aggravate me greatly when I had unartistic boys (not Thing 1, but the other two fer shure fer shure). Trying to lead the Drama King through an art-driven assignment was like shoving bamboo up my fingernail beds.

Anyway, I had provided several sheets of colorful paper from Michael's the day before. And armed with a scissors, glue stick and a computer printer, this is what she produced:

Front:


Now is that the cutest thing ever? Complete with ribbon ties. Sheesh.

Here's the inside, with little blurbs in the lift tabs:


And the back (typical Roo sense of humor at work here):


Pretty good for all-nighter material, I think.

But, from the are-you-freakin'-kidding-me department, she had a field trip all day Thursday and DIDN'T TURN IN THE STUPID ASSIGNMENT.

You understand what this means, don't you? She stayed up waaaaaaaaay late, exhausted herself beyond her limits, finished the project and could get points off for being late!

Kids. Can't live with 'em. Can't take 'em out and shoot 'em.

31 comments:

Kathryn said...

Ugh. I am really not looking forward to those nights with the boys. I didn't like to stay up late doing my own homework, much less staying up late with my kid while he does his.
It's a good think you fell asleep! ;)

Mr Lady said...

The back of that card made me love that kid. She's freaking awesome.

Melissa said...

That is so great! She did a fabulous job! Hope she doesn't get too many points off.

transplanting me said...

fantastic job! hope points aren't deducted...

The Rotten Correspondent said...

The project looks wonderful. And I can absolutely understand pulling horrible hours and then forgetting to take it to school with them.

My oldest kid has made something of a legend of himself from this habit.

Joyce said...

Beautiful work from the Roo-girl. :)
Fun haiku, Janet! :)

Toni said...

Wow, she is a dedicated little thing. 2AM! I can honestly say I didn't do that until college. Great work and love the final page!

secret agent mama said...

Your last line made me LOL so hard!!

Great work on the project. I hope she doesn't get points off, though. Maybe the teach will understand!

suchsimplepleasures said...

What an awesome job!!
i've had to pull late nighters with my middle school kids....very NOT fun!! but, if it needs to get done...you do what you gotta do!!
have an awesome day!

Scylla said...

What a great job she did! I can't believe she didn't hand it in!!

I am with you in the can't live with em, can't shoot em department.

storyteller said...

Teenagers can definitely be a challenge … ya love them & want to strangle them all at the same time … but it’s all part of the process. As a teacher, I marveled at how kids could ‘forget’ to turn in work they had actually completed. Hang in there … this too shall pass and you’ll wonder where the time went.
Hugs and blessings,

Tink said...

Hey, I see a career in marketing for this girl!

monkeysandmarbles said...

wow...what a great job! she's really talented (deja vu...i think i've said that before!)

i'm a big crafty artsy-fartsy kinda gal, so i'm kinda excited about helping the boys with projects like that. i'm already equipped with cardstock, adhesives, sticker-maker, eyelets, hole punches...well, let's just say i'm equipped! ;-)

missed ya!

wright said...

That's amazing! Great job!!

Jenni said...

Good job, Roo!

You know, my boys are the artistic ones. The girls are just getting beyond stick figures.

nikki said...

W have the problem of getting the 12 year old to actually DO the work in the first place.

Roo is so creative!

DIXIECHICK said...

That is one talented girl. Great job Roo girl!

The Immoral Matriarch said...

I hope she gets full credit - she did awesome!

Jenni said...

Wow, she's so creative!

~JJ! said...

Ha! That's great. She's a dream girl isn't she?

Kelly said...

Gotta love their endurance, and your daughter's creativity. A+

Phyllis Sommer said...

she did do a great job! i just don't get the overwhelming amount of middle-school homework...what is up with that?

about the haikus...i take commissions, what parasha? drop me an email and i'll do it up for ya!:-)

anglophilefootballfanatic said...

I was never a fan of the art project as a student or as a teacher. Not turning it in? oh, ROO!

jennifer said...

THat is adorable!!! I'm so impressed!

But the staying up all hours...ugh! I am NOT looking forward to that.

Tasina said...

Ha! I love the back page!! That's awesome.

maggie's mind said...

Perfect 'ku, and I just adore that brochure! The back is too funny. Awesome girl. The whole not turning it in thing... ugh. I never did well on the artsy assignments, so if I ever have another one, I'm asking Roo for help.

Betsy Bird said...

Love that haiku, LOVE that post. Are we perhaps living in parallel universes? My middle school son has a teacher that assigns travel brochures too, only hers are not for trips to the moon, they're for trips back in time. She counts points off for bad coloring and lack of artistic merit, which essentially means this class should be called Extra Credit for Girls. She also assigns kids to wear costumes at a couple of points during the year, and the historical accuracy and overall look of the costume counts toward the grade. So actually, the class chould also be called My Mom Sews Better Than Your Mom. No, the teacher does not have children of her own. But I hope there are a dozen waiting for her at her special place in hell.

Sandy C. said...

She did a fabulous job! I hope she doesn't get points taken off :( and she gets some rest...

Judith Shakespeare said...

Awesome work! She nailed that project perfectly.

... And what's this about not being able to to take them out and shoot them? Darn. :)

crackerjacksMO said...

Love the brochure! such a talented young lady!!

Canadian flake said...

Well at least she did a great job...maybe the teacher will give her a break??

 
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