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Some Sundays I fail to peruse every article, every ad or every comic offered.

This week, I actually sat down with a slice of cold pizza from Saturday’s takeout supper and read several articles, including the comic page.

As a mom, the Baby Blues comic strip by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott catches my eye daily. Moms and dads can relate to the little things, from chores to children’s antics.

The colorful version in Sunday’s edition made me laugh out loud. It brought back memories from assisting a sibling with a school project.

In the comic strip, the son alerts his mom at breakfast that he has a diorama of a major historical event due for social studies class that day. Mom freaks, but concocts an idea. She hands her son a shoebox, throws toys into it and shakes up the closed box as they off to school. The son gets to school and thanks mom for being “awesome” as she urges him not do the last-minute thing again.

So what did mom come up with for that historical moment with a shoebox and a handful of shaken toys? The great San Francisco earthquake of 1906!

Clever, mom!

The last-minute ditch reminds me of a World Cultures project that I helped my older sister with during her freshman year of high school. Assigned with creating a model of the Greek god Zeus, I grabbed a Ken Barbie doll, wrapped it in a white cloth for a toga and placed it in a wicker Barbie doll chair to represent Zeus’ throne. We fashioned a green twist tie into an olive wreath for his head and a swizzle stick for his staff. Oh yes, can’t forget the long, white beard. Cotton balls did the trick.

Viola! Zeus was born. I don’t recall the grade my sister received, but it should have been an “A” for effort!

Thankfully, my fifth-grader, even my preschooler, adhere quite well to project deadlines. At the moment, my daughter keeps track of the steps required to complete her fifth-grade science project. I try and read her reports for clarity, grammar (yes, the Grammar Police strikes! Lol) and spelling. She makes me proud that I don’t need to remind her when each step is due, but I do check in with her to ensure that they are completed.

On the other hand, as my preschooler learns a new letter a week, his teacher requires him to find pictures that begin with that particular letter. Those newspaper inserts come in handy, let me tell you!

My son pulls the blank paper out of his take-home folder at the beginning of the week and we get to work, cutting and pasting and naming the pictures for the letter.

This mom hopes her kiddos maintain the deadline mantra for years to come. If not, the tossed toys sound like a good idea to depict destruction, however horrific, in a pinch.