Dad’s School Project Erupts

Ron Nagasawa
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Wednesday - February 01, 2006
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I went through this back when our 16-year-old son was in the third grade, and it nearly killed my wife and me. I’m talking about our 8-year-old daughter’s volcano group project at school. I guess at a certain time every year children all over the island have to make a working volcano.

The problem isn’t doing that; the problem is that it’s a group project, and trying to coordinate getting four little girls together outside of school is like trying to do air traffic control at Honolulu International Airport.

We somehow managed to get the girls together on the last school holiday. I actually took a vacation from work to do this in order to avoid the pressure bestowed on my wife for anything the kids have to do with school. It’s self-imposed, but my wife will not rest until the project is done.

Everyone, at least in my house, knows that if my wife can’t rest, then neither can the rest of us. It was actually good to get the kids together because some of the same girls are trying out for the school talent show and they wanted to rehearse their choreographed song and dance.

I was going to take on the volcano project while my wife would do the talent show task. As I said, I went through this with my son, but dealing with these girls was a whole different animal. I decided I would make the volcano experience really fun and exciting.

It ended up that my wife and I were battling for the attention of these girls as we both wanted to get our end of the arrangement completed. I decided to entice them with food - pizzas and mochi crunch popcorn - while we worked on the volcano. Then my wife pulled out the big artillery.

She announced to the girls that they should all have matching outfits to dance in and asked if they wanted to go shopping. The next thing I knew, I was standing in the kitchen by myself looking at what was now an extinct volcano. I guess as far as understanding women goes, I get a C minus.


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