Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Lima Bean Season

Science Fair Season 2011-2012 is officially over. Once again, how many projects can one family come up with? With six kids each having to do five projects during their school years, that's THIRTY science fair projects! If 50% of them deal with lima beans and three experimental trials are due for each project, assuming three lima bean plants are required for each trial, that means I have to deal with a minimum of ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY FIVE lima bean plants growing on my windowsill in Styrofoam cups during my lifetime!!! Does anyone else see how ridiculous this is? I'm so sick of lima beans! Do you need to know if Gatorade can be used to water lima beans for successful growth? It can! Do you need to know if lima beans grow taller when you read to them? They don't! Do you need to know if lima beans grow taller if they listen to classical music? They do! Do you need to know if lima beans grow in Sprite? They don't! Do you need to know if lima beans rot and get smelly when they are over-watered? They do! Do you need to know if cats eat lima bean plants on the day you're supposed to take pictures and chart their height? They do! Do you need to know if lima beans germinate better in damp paper towels? They do! Do you need to know if lima beans can be attached to a science fair project board with a hot glue gun to create an artistic display? They can!

Speaking of science fair boards, my kids never tell me their display boards are due until they day before they're due. Never. That leaves me running all over town looking for a store that isn't out of display boards. Last night, I finally gave up and recycled one of last year's boards by ripping everything off of it and covering it with wrapping paper. Ghetto? Yes, but desperate times call for desperate measures. 

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