Yesterday was finally the last day of school. My kids brought home all of their binders, journals and portfolios. They dumped it all on the table and I had the dubious task of sorting through what was worth keeping and what could be tossed.
I have to say I chucked 90% of it. My middle son’s teacher had the smart idea of putting their best work in a binder so that made it easy. My daughter had a portfolio that showed her best work, plus I kept her drawing book. My son, who finished grade 8, didn’t do any drawings or write any great stories but he did make an Aztec Temple out of cardboard, which was pretty good. He got 100% on it.
I still haven’t gone through all of the binders but I think at least my kitchen table is cleared although there’s still a pile of papers on the floor.
After going through my second son’s stuff I realized I might have some competition on the writing front.
Here is an excerpt from his take on Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
It’s called Maggie and the Seven Hippies.
Maggie has just been left in the forest by the evil camp caretaker…
She saw a big colorful house with a hippie Volkswagon in front. She saw that the colors were peace colors. She knocked on the door but there was no one home, so she stepped inside and saw seven peace sign beds, and seven posters above the beds saying; “May the peace be with you.” Around the table were seven peace sign plates and cups.
Maggie was so exhausted that she collapsed and was sound asleep on the floor.
The peace sign house belonged to seven hippies. They all worked at the park creating world peace all day. When they got home they turned on seven lava lamps and found Maggie lying on the floor.
“Holy like cow,” cried one of the hippies. “There’s some one like in here.”
Maggie awoke with seven hippies surrounding her. “She’s like beautiful,” they cried. “Who like is she and where did she like come from.”
Finally the oldest hippie asked Maggie, “Why are you like here, my dear.”
Maggie told them about the evil camp counselor and how she tried to kill her.
“Stay here with like us,” said the hippies.
Maggie gratefully accepted their offer.
After the camp counselor tried to kill Maggie with pizza, stabbing her with a knife to the leg, she finally succeeded in killing her by knocking her unconscious then lighting the house on fire. (Not exactly the Disney version)
The hippies put Maggie on a mountain so everyone could see her beauty.
Back to the story…
Then Orlando bloom came by and was so astonished by Maggie that he took her with him. Orlando kissed her and she started to breath. Orlando took her out of the glass coffin and took her to Disney studios. When they got there Orlando asked Maggie to marry him. Maggie answered, “Duh, Of course I’ll marry you. You’re Orlando Bloom.”