My twelve-year old son recently came home with a bag of gooey looking green stuff -
something he had made in his "Teen Living" class.
"Guess what it is?" he asked.
"I know what that is. It's play-doh!" I said.
"You probably don't remember, but when you were little,
we used to make play-doh, too," I told him.
The very next day, I found myself sitting at the play-doh table at the preschool,
where I recently started working.
We were rolling our play-doh into long, skinny strips,
then using them to trace the shapes of letters.
Of course, it was awfully tempting to use the play-doh to make . . . . . . other things.
A snowman seemed to be the most popular play-doh creation (especially amongst the boys).
One little girl, however, had an absolute ABUNDANCE of ideas,
and she was the fastest play-doh creation "creator" that I had ever seen!
The ideas would fly from her four-year old brain to her tiny little hands
in seconds flat.
"I am going to make a dog!" she would say.
And there was an awesome looking dog.
"I am going to make a bird!" she would say.
And there was a fabulous looking bird.
My favorite, however, was the carrot.
"I am going to make a carrot!" she said.
And, there was the most fantastic, stupendous looking carrot . . . . . . in the universe!
Then, she said ( and I wasn't expecting THIS ),
"I am going to make a PLATYPUS."
"A Platypus?" I asked.
"Yep! A Platypus, " she repeated.
"Will you make me a nest for my platypus?" she asked,
as she handed me a handful of play-doh.
"But, of course!" I responded. How could I say no?
And, as she molded together a very impressive and realistic looking platypus,
I shaped and formed the nest.
"How did I do?" I asked, when I was finished.
"Perfect!" she said, as she placed the platypus on the nest.
"I don't know," I said, doubting myself.
And, upon taking a closer look at it, I said,
"It looks more like a pie shell, than a platypus nest."
Then, I paused, and said,
"That would make this a PLATYPUS PIE ! ! !"
Her eyes lit up and she SHRIEKED in surprise.
And, laughing at the silliness of the thought, she announced,
"YOU CAN'T EAT MY PLATYPUS!"
And, with that, she squished the platypus and the pie shell into a ball,
turning it back into just . . . . . .