A note came home from school a few weeks ago asking for each child to send in a Gatorade bottle, 2 buttons, a sock and a piece of material cut into a kimono dress. The note further stated that the children would be learning about growth and nutrients and to do this they would be constructing the Dirt Baby (!). Hannah picked out some cute bunny material from my mothers endless stash (thanks to her obsession with quilting) and brought it and the other requests to school. Yesterday she brought home the Dirt Baby (!). Pretty cool huh? The toe of the sock was stuffed with grass seed, then soil, knotted and stuck in the bottle. When water was put in the bottle, the sock acted as a wick to draw the water to the head, thus sprouting the grass seed. I laugh every time I look at this thing. It's got a scary, freaky, cute kind of look to it. It's on my desk staring at me now. My only question is... who thinks up these things?
On another note, I heard the sad story of the piano man on the news today. It seems this lost man was found in England (washed up on shore?), wearing a tuxedo with the tags cut out of it. Attempts to communicate with him were futile. He drew (very well too) a picture of a grand piano and one was provided to him. He begins to play the same songs over and over. No one claims the man, he doesn't speak. How sad it is to me to think that no one in the world has missed this man. Where did he come from? Who is he? When will someone come forward that at least knows who he is and can solve this mystery? Speculations are that he fell off a cruise ship. If this is true, why hasn't he been claimed? Another thought is he is faking. He has an album coming out and this is his way of publicity. I'm not sure what I believe but I am very intrigued by this.