Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The "Batmobil" [sic]

Yes, you read that correctly.  It is not the bat mobile, it is the BATMOBIL.  But you cannot hang it from the ceiling, even if you did spell it correctly.  Creativity abounds, but the spelling needs some work. 

This all started three years ago when the first and second grade boys turned the mop bucket/wringer thingy into a little push-around car.  Then they broke it.  The trustees kindly bought a new one and asked them not to use it.  They already had their original, so no biggee.  They took a Sharpie and wrote “TOY” and “HONDA” on it.  So it stayed for over two years. 

Then it was art day.  The paints were out.  The boys are now in the third and fourth grades.  And as the teachers were administering the last tests of the school year, the students who  had finished early were allowed to go into the adjoining room to finish their art projects.  When the cat’s away, the mice will play.

The yellow “HONDA TOY” got a nice new paint job and wings.   One person rides inside the Batmobil and flaps the wings up and down while a second person pushes them around.  Evidently, it is more fun to ride in now, even though they have to flap the wings.

When I first saw it, I was honestly speechless.  First I couldn’t believe that they had used ALL the black paint that the others needed for their art projects, and secondly I noticed the bad spelling.  I pointed out that a mobil”e” hangs from the ceiling, and that mobile means something that moves.  I didn’t bother to tell them that they both have an “e” at the end, that one is a noun and the other an adjective, or that the pronunciations are different.  They really didn’t care.  They were having so much fun they didn’t even bother to correct their misspelling.  Probably because there was no black paint left.