Making memories one day at a time.......and then I write about it.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me".  Or do they......?

A science fair project.  Mr. M chose for his project:  Do Plants Have Feelings?

The experiment:  Purchase two plants that are the exact same.  Treat them exactly the same except for one thing.  Each day Mr. M would take plant A up into his bedroom, close the door, and tell plant A five negative things.  You're ugly.  Pink is an ugly color.  etc.  Then he would bring plant A back and take plant B up to his room, close the door, and tell plant B five positive things.  You are such a pretty plant.  Pink is such a pretty color.  You are so strong.  Etc.

Day one.  Both plants look the same.

Day 2:  We're already seeing signs.  Plant A has some leaves that are starting to wilt.

Day three:  Plant A loses a leaf.

And so it goes....... plant A starts to lose leaves.  Several leaves a day and the pink color starts to fade.

More leaves fall.........

Plant B hasn't lost any leaves.

So many leaves lost...........  the pink not as vibrant............  plant B thrives while sitting next to it plant A struggles.

More leaves drop.

And then the stems start to droop.  No longer able to hold themselves up after 14 days of being told negative things.

"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me".  False!  Be careful what and how you speak to others.  

P.S.  Experiment lasted 14 days.  The second the experiment ended we have been lavishing much love on plant A and we are happy to announce that plant A is thriving and happy under it's new love and attention.  Which brings us to another lesson.  Repentance and forgiveness.  May we all be as forgiving as our little plant A.  

Saturday, November 3, 2012

What A Mother Will Do For Her Son

Once upon a time there was a boy who loved Halloween.  He loved it so much he would spend months figuring out what he wanted to be and then he would start working on his costume.

He spent hours with a friend building a shield and a boomerang.  He then came to his mother and asked her to do the sewing part.  His mother, despite being the wicked witch of the west, had a soft place in her heart or a lapse in her memory of the gnashing of teeth from every year previous sewing costumes for her little boy, agreed.

The wicked witch of the west began sewing her little boy's (who isn't a little boy any longer) costume.  She started with some boots, then she made a belt, and a belty thingy to go over the shoulder to hold a sword.  Then she started on the red dressy thingy only we don't call it a dress because it is on a boy who is very much all boy.  Knowing her boy is all boy the wicked witch of the west sewed some shorts to go under the dress but isn't a dress thing because this boy especially doesn't know how to hold his knees together.  Lastly, the hat.

As in years past there was much gnashing of teeth and allergies making eyes watery as the wicked witch of the west had much pain in her lower back after hours and hours spent hunched over her sewing machine.

She resolved that she would quit and never sew another costume in her life ever again as she is NOT a sewer........ but alas........  the little boy knew how to melt the wicked witches hard and crusty heart by coming over to her many a time and putting his arms around the witch would tell her how much he loved her and how proud he was of her for doing something hard and he thought the costume was perfect and that she was doing a good job.  The wicked witch loved her son so much that she cast a spell upon him and transformed him into a little elf.  Pointy ears and all........  You might recognize this little elf.......  enter the land of Zelda and you will see a red Link.  A red Link who conquers all!  Which is why they lived happily ever after.