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Friday, May 02, 2008

Wax On Wax Off

I love wax museums. Ever since I was a kid. I vividly remember the first time I went to Madame Tussaud’s as a 9 year old where the Chamber of Horrors enthralled me. Creepy. Fun. When we were in New York recently, I wanted to go with the guys but I was outvoted in favor of Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum.

Anyway . . .

Today we went to my daughter’s “living wax museum” at her school. The entire third grade picked famous people, studied them, wrote reports on them, and then dressed like them for the museum. Throughout the cafeteria and up and down the halls, the kids stood still in their pose of choice while parents observed.

The kids stood still for 30 minutes.

The rules for parents were : : :

• No talking to the statues
• No scaring the statues
• No touching the statues
• Pictures were okay but we were not to coax the kids to smile

Following the museum tour, the parents watched PowerPoint presentations the students put together on their characters. Then, when the characters were called by name, they “came alive” and told the parents about themselves.

My daughter was Judy Garland a.k.a. Frances Gumm a.k.a. Dorothy.

My favorite moment in Kasidy’s presentation was the ending of her oral report portion when she “came alive.” She ended by saying, “I think I was a great loss to the world. I need a moment.” Followed by her head in her hands and fake Dorothy Gale tears.

Let me just say, I was so impressed. Yes, with my daughter but also with my daughter’s teacher, Mrs. Fortress.

Mrs. Fortress is one the most creative teachers I have ever met. This was her brainstorm. I wish we had more like her working/serving/dreaming in the church.

Other highlights included : : :

• 2 “white” Rosa Parks’
• Hulk Hogan whispering out the side of his mouth to me “hey, dude, hey, guitar man”
• Hulk Hogan, The Rock (see photo), Dale Earnhardt—true heroes
• Amelia Earhart’s pose? Holding her nose in a drowning position.

This post is part of Watercooler Wednesday over at Ethos and Creative Chaos over at Ragamuffin Soul. Check them both out!


4theartinlife said...

This is so sweet. Thanks for sharing. This is a lesson neither of you will forget.