In 5th grade, we had to practice our public speaking skills by bringing in a craft we made and presenting it to the class.
The moment the assignment was given, I panicked. This was my worst nightmare.
What could I make that was creative and impressive? I was so not a crafty kid.
I agonized over the project and the night before it was due, I pulled out our container of supplies and prayed an idea would jump out at me.
We had some wax sticks, glue, pom-pom puffs, glitter, stickers, beads, and stick-on wiggly eyes.
Okay…I just need to make something out of these objects. Pretend I’m Barney.
Somehow I concluded, ” Heck, I’ll make a caterpillar out of wax sticks and cheerios!”
I must have gotten hungry, fetched a box of cheerios, and became inspired as I chomped on my snack.
My end result was a pink wax stick strung with cheerios for the body, connected with more cheerios for the head, on which I glued two wiggly eyes. And I called it a caterpillar.
It was about as long as my index finger and couldn’t stand up on it’s own because of course the legs were unequal.…