So my daughter has been asking me to make a robot for oh..... 3 months. I keep encouraging her and telling her about all the things we will get for the robot and how I will help. That was back in May. But the summer quickly swept me away with it's camps, beautiful sunny days, and lure of laziness. So with one week of summer left and a very persistent child, we started our LONG journey of making this robot happen.
We got duct tape, spray paint, boxes, a light bulb, and even a voice recorder. We got a half dozen books at the library about "How to make a Robot." About this time, my head began to spin. I am more a creative, "Let's paint a picture," kind of mom, but this is what she wants so I am trying.
We have our first meeting of the minds and it quickly becomes apparent that Mom has no earthly idea what she's doing. I couldn't fool her with enthusiasm any more. You could see the disappointment in her eyes. Part of it made me feel bad for not looking like that hero that use to be so easy to be. And part of me was sort of pissed to work so hard only to have this child upset. I had thought that maybe she was doing this robot to spend more time with me, but I am figuring out that she's serious about this thing and that I am seriously in trouble.
So the next day we plan on starting our robot. I have figured out how to make a light bulb work with foil and a battery, I am thinking I am hot stuff. But right about time for us to get started, the phone rings, and it's her friend asking her to come play. I can't say I wasn't relieved. This robot seems to be more of a pain to me. So another day goes by and we haven't started the robot.
As we are hanging out that evening we start talking about it. I wanted to kinda lower her expectations a little, because, you know, I suck at this. And the most amazing thing came out of this little girl's mouth that totally left me speechless. She said, "Mom, I'm making this robot to become famous because famous people have lots of money and I want to give it all to the poor people." Whoa! I didn't see that coming. This little girl amazes me everyday, but that one seems to take the cake. So I guess we will be working on this robot, but while we do it, I think we will talk about other ways to help people, because Mom's robot isn't winning any famous awards anytime soon.
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