Sunday, March 10, 2013

Dorothy, I'm afraid we aren't in Kansas ...

Joe created a four foot tall puppet constructed out of pipe cleaners last fall.  It is actually a fairly cool work of art and craftmanship.  It is a (mostly) functioning marionette and he is extremely proud of it.  Which is fine.  He should be.

Unfortunately, his special ed teacher suggested he bring the puppet into school to show his classmates.  There is no way to get this thing into school easily.  Joe flat refuses to fold it or bend it in any fashion.  We tried to explain to him as gently as we could that it was possible that some of the other kids might make fun of it.

"Why would they do that?"

"Well, generally kids by the time they are 18 are in to more grown up forms of entertainment than puppets." 

"Well that is silly.  Puppets are cool."

Whatever.  This is the kid that came out of school one day in his sophomore or junior year with an ivy wreath on his head ("it's a crown!")  I give up.  I guess I need to pray for gusty wind every day from now until the end of the year or for kind high school students.  Which is more likely?


  1. Fingers and toes crossed for those kind high schoolers.

    1. By the way, tell Joe I am totally jealous of his creativity. Can he build Allie a Leprechaun trap :) (I so failed last year that she is outsourcing)

    2. lol, Kerri! He IS incredibly creative. When he first said he was going to build a puppet out of pipe cleaners, I really didn't think he could do it. Then he brought out a foot and a leg and I went "wow!" Next thing I knew it was finished.