Monday, November 12, 2012

Bert the Turkey

Last week Zach brought home a coloring sheet entitled Bert the Turkey with instructions from his preschool teachers to "help make Bert a costume so that he won't be eaten for Thanksgiving dinner." 

We spent the week brainstorming costume ideas for Bert to wear.  Santa Claus was an early favorite followed by fashioning Bert into an automobile.  We were finally able to settle on using aluminum foil to transform Bert into a robot.

After finishing Bert's robotic head, body, and legs, we were disappointed to discover that Bert didn't look like a robot at all.  When I asked Zach what he thought we should do to make Bert look more like a robot instead of the Tin Man from "Wizard of Oz," Zach thought for a moment and then declared that the only way to make Bert look like a true robot was to give him real, blinking lights. 

I was about to break the unfortunate news to Zach that blinking lights on a paper turkey covered with tin foil was next to impossible when I glanced over at Ben.  Our eyes met briefly...and in that moment, I knew for sure, no matter what, that Zach would be taking a robotic turkey with blinking lights to preschool on Monday morning. 

One trip to Walgreens, a few hot glue gun burns, and two hours later, Bert the Turkey was a picture of blinking poultry perfection with the assistance of a LED battery-operated Christmas light strand. 

I don't think I've ever seen these two boys more thrilled than when they first turned on Bert's robotic lights and viewed their masterpiece. 

Today I'm thankful for a husband who can make our kids' seemingly impossible ideas a reality....because if it were left up to me, Bert would have most definitely ended up on the table for Thanksgiving dinner 

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