Monday, April 11, 2011

Redneck or Texan?

Ella’s fourth grade class recently finished its module on Texas history (what? your kids don’t do modules on state history?), and to wrap it up, she had to write a report on either the Battle of the Alamo (we lost) or the Battle of San Jacinto (we won) and then make a model or diorama of the scene. Ella chose the Battle of San Jacinto and then worked with one of her friends to build a model of the San Jacinto Monument. I never thought to get a picture of their model, but you can see a picture of the actual thing here. Proof that we do things bigger here in Texas – the Monument is taller than the Washington Monument.

The girls built their model out of hundreds of popsicle sticks and lots of hot glue. It was pretty impressive. But it was also big, very big.

When the model got sent home, the other mom asked me if we wanted to keep it. I immediately said “Hell NO!” We don’t have that kind of room in our house.

Neither girl would agree to throw it away, but the other dad came up with a brilliant plan that both girls agreed to immediately – they’d set it on fire.

This weekend was the bonfire, and the girls had a great time watching their hard work burn and roasting marshmallows in the flames. The other mom and I are now wondering how many other treasured school projects we can get away with burning.

When I was telling Liz about the bonfire, I said that setting a model of the San Jacinto Monument on fire seemed to be a very quintessentially Texas thing to do. She responded, “No, it’s not redneck at ALL!”

I’m not sure what she meant by that.


Alexandra said...

chuckle chuckle

I think she knows what she's talking about.

Anonymous said...

i think all kids do modules on state history. we did them in 7th grade on Georgia and here they do them on the missions.

it's your sister. i don't feel like signing in.

Liz @ ewmcguire said...

Well it's either redneck or blasphemous. Take your pick. :)

Jungle Pete said...

I hadn't realized that toasting marshmallows over melting glue was redneck....sounds tasty!

Gray Matter Matters said...

I literally laughed out loud when I got to the "punchline" about setting it on fire. Up north us Yankees just wait until our kids are out of the house and toss that crap in the trash. We are cowards like that...

Love your blog!

Joan said...

We have a very peppy song that goes along with 3rd grade Colorado history. All three kids can still sing it! (I wonder what happened to their dioramas? We SHOULD have burned them - what fun!)