Something came up in my Facebook Memories yesterday and it reminded me of a Thanksgiving project both of my sons did in school. I want to say that they did them in Kindergarten or First Grade. Each child is given a picture of turkey and they have to disguise the turkey so he/she will survive Thanksgiving.
When my oldest son, Dante’, did his project, he was a big fan of The Incredibles movie. He wanted to make his turkey like Mr. Incredible. I remember using felt to make the costume. We also used red and black feathers to match the outfit. As great as it turned out, I remember what a pain it was to get the mask right and to get the “i” in the middle of the costume to stay in place.
Five years later, my youngest son, Dimitri, was given the same project to do. I remember thinking, “How do we top the Incredible Turkey?” Eventually, we decided that this was going to be one groovy turkey. We decided he was going to dress up like he was going to a 1970’s Disco! I remember we had a bag of felt from other projects and I found some tan felt to make an afro. It wasn’t easy to cut, but I made a peace sign necklace out of the same red felt we used for the Incredible Turkey.
I’m sure Dante’ made other “turkey” themed projects, but I can’t seem to find the pictures. One of Dimitri’s still moves me to tears when I see it. Both boys have always been “mama’s boys,” so I was really surprised when I saw this project hanging on his locker one year…
Then there was this note from Dimitri to Dante’.
“Dear Dante’, I want to thank you for helping me with my homework I really apresheate (appreciate) it and thanks for playing every time I ask you are the best brother ever!”
I sent this to both boys today on Facebook. Dimitri laughed at his spelling error. I really hope that they can look back and always remember how good they were to each other.
I look forward to Turkey Projects and holiday themed projects from Ella when she starts school. I’m sure they will bring about smiles, laughter, joy , and tears.
As Thanksgiving approaches, I am so thankful for my children and grateful for my family!