So then…Chloe gleefully slathers the glue all over the “roof” of the cardboard box, while her 5th grade classmate Hailey meticulously presses small stones and rocks into the glue.
The kitchen table is strewn with art materials, scissors, markers, cardboard, and enough rocks to fill a quarry.
The girls are in all their glory, painstakingly affixing the rocks one by one to cover the entire 17th century “house” for the school’s historical village project. It’s taking them hours — and they could not be happier.
Tucker, 7th grade, walks in the kitchen to grab a snack bar, sees the massive array of art materials scattered everywhere and asks, “Is that due tomorrow?”
(In Tucker’s world, one would never THINK of starting a project unless, in fact, it IS due tomorrow.) (Or sometimes even — due last week.)
Chloe, fingers dripping glue, looks up and says, “No, it’s due next month.”
Tucker’s face is perplexed. His brain is having difficulty grasping that concept.
He moves over to the table and looks closer at the stone house. He asks, “It’s for history, huh?”
Chloe places a white stone near the little chimney and says, “Yeah, it’s for extra credit.”
Now Tucker’s face depicts utter confusion.
His little brain is screaming: “What? Doing a project a month BEFORE it’s due — and you don’t even HAVE to do the project? WHAAAAAT?!?”
He’s like one of those broken robots that keeps ramming its head into the wall, with arms robotically flailing, muttering, “THIS.DOES.NOT.COMPUTE. THIS.DOES.NOT.COMPUTE.”
His brain is literally about to EXPLODE.
Finally, he calms himself with the knowledge that no such absurdity would befall him.
He shakes his head at the folly of these little girls, slips a couple of the stones in his pocket unnoticed, takes a bite of the snack bar, and strolls out into his carefree life.
— Darcy Perdu
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(Is this a common difference between boys and girls? Or just the difference between personality types? Which category do your kids fall into – and do they get that from YOU?)
Illustrated for So Then Stories by Stefano Marchio