Thursday, November 29, 2007
One of my piano students came to class last night with a doll much like the one pictured. What is unique about this is that he is about 16 years old. This is part of a project he is doing for a class at school. For 10 days he has to "take care" of this baby so that he can learn more about the responsibility of caring for a child. A girl at church had this same project, but she had the electronic type of baby that actually cries intermittently 24 hours a day.
This young man's school had each of them come up with their own 10 pound sack of flour "baby". They each had to purchase a 10 pound sack of flour, and could dress it up however they wanted. He chose to actually empty the stuffing out of the doll and fill it with small baggies of the flour. He had to take it to school and have it weighed to make sure it was 10 pounds. When he came to class last night, the baby was dressed in pink, sitting in a carrier like the one pictured. Interestingly enough, he was also wearing a pink shirt, and had pink laces in his shoes. As we talked to him about it, he said, "I have decided that I am going to have a girlfriend, but I am NEVER going to have children!" He said that his arms were sore from carrying the carrier around all day. We all reminded him that this "baby" didn't eat, or poop. But I also mentioned that this baby also didn't laugh, or hugh, or cuddle.
I actually had an assignment quite like this in college. I took a parenting class, and was asked to carry around a raw egg for several days. I had to keep it with me all the time, even sleep with it and bathe with it. Because it was raw, I had to be really careful. Then I had to write a paper about my experience. The difference between my experience and Noel's experience is that I was about 25 when I took my class. I was ready to become a parent. So when I had to get rid of my egg at the end of the week, I felt a twinge of sadness because in some weird, strange way I had begun to bond with it. :)
My two oldest teenagers never had to do this project. I hope my third one has the opportunity. I really think it is a great project that teaches some great life lessons.