Make Something: Protective

Today I heaped my creative energy into my application for the Amtrak Writer in Residency program. Oh how I would love to earn one of the 24 spots they will be awarding to writers over the next year!

Also, the kids are on spring break. Their mere presence consumes a fair amount of my attention—even when they’re only playing Mine Craft, texting, and watching television.

Suffice it say that by the time I got around to today’s make something assignment, I was low on creative juice.

But with the kids’ encouragement and participation, we came up with a fun response to this suggestion:

“Make a structure to protect a delicate object (like an egg). Drop it from a second-story window to see if it works!”

My daughters’ elementary school conducts an annual egg drop, so we’ve been-there-done-that. Twice. Successfully.

So instead of an egg, we pulled a saltine cracker from the dinner table.

“It’s fra-gee-lay,” said Hannah. “Must be Italian,” I responded, quoting one of our favorite holiday movies.

I scrawled those words on a scrap of paper towel, then used four pieces of thread to secure the “parachute” to the cracker.

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Then it was off the window for me, and out to the back yard for the kids. I dropped the cracker, and my son filmed the action:

Total silliness. Total fun. Total success.

The cracker lives.

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