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Re: memories of BIG failures/or humorous ones


Date: Tue Oct 28 2003 - 03:51:39 PST

In a message dated 10/28/2003 2:57:57 AM Eastern Standard Time, writes:
Oh yes, and the time the assistant superintendent was visiting my class and
the kinders were finger painting ( this is funny rather than awful) a
child tripped and caught herself by leaning against the superintendent crotch level on his three piece suit. Two perfect little hand
prints.. The man was a rare administrator.. He laughed and quietly left to
go home and change. 1979
Thanks for the laugh! My all-time favorite diasaster/failure story is the
day I decided to make a life-size George Segal inspired sculpture. I chose a
quiet lovely fifth grade boy who never seemed to get recognition or be chosen
for much by his peers. Every kid wanted to be the model, but "Charles" was the
lucky one! I invited class mothers to help the other kids wrap Charles with
strips of plastercraft. We covered him (except his face) with plastic wrap
first and began from his feet up. After he was covered up to his waist, he
decided he needed to go to the bathroom. Mistake # 1: I add never asked him to use
the bathroom BEFORE the project. So, off came all the plastic wrap and
plastercraft. O.k., not so terrible, we wrapped and rewrapped after his bathroom
stint. But then, suddenly he felt sick, and the next thing I know he was
vomiting all over himself, the plastercraft the parents and kids...what a
nightmare..the poor kid covered with everything but skin!

It turns out that this was a very nervous child ( so nervous he was sick) who
hadn't slept the night before from the excitement and anticipation of being
the center of attention! Oh, he was the center of attention all right! So,
this is the story of how a failure ultimately precipitated my invention of the
most successful, impressive, and foolproof lesson I've ever done... I thought
of a much better way to create a life-size plastercraft person. And she,
"Georgina", sits in our school lobby to this day!
Susan on Long Island