With the end of school fast-approaching, the kids needed to clean out their desks. Christopher kept telling me he'd need a ride home because there was too much to carry. I told him he could surely fit everything in his backpack. He told me he couldn't.
Well...he was able to fit everything in his backpack--just barely! I never expected that this organized boy who loves a clean room (when not in the middle of a building project -- Legos or currently my mom's moulding samples from her new house) would horde this much stuff in his desk!! Yes...ALL of it was in his desk!
Ahhhh...but as I sorted through the mess (because you know it would kill me to throw it all away without going through it and organizing it first), I wanted to wrap my arms around my second-grader and keep a memory of his second-gradeness forever.
Literally HUNDREDS of pencils, pens, markers, colored pencils, erasers and bits of trash!
Of course there were no pencils in the pencil box, but instead it had been turned into a "home" for the metal leg-post which was actually a "portal to the outer world to get out of the pencil box." The portal's red sleeping bag is on the right and don't be fooled by what looks like an ordinary glue stick cap. It's actually a night-light for "portal."
Several pairs of scissors, glue sticks, tape, Bakugon cards etc.
The yo-yo was transformed into "evil son of Greenness."
Lots and lots and lots (only a fraction shown of what actually existed) of pens that had been disassembled. (Remember how exciting it was to discover how to take pens apart!)
Homemade pencil/pen combo held together by a plastic tube.
Several of his teacher's pencils (marked and flagged with her address label).
Bite of a doughnut, portion of a chocolate-chip cookie, gummy finger I can only imagine had been there since Halloween and something rotten, moldy and slimy in a ziploc bag.
Lots of Sharpies. Not quite sure where he got these from -- I can only assume his teacher. (I'm secretly excited because who doesn't love a Sharpie and he collected quite a mother lode!)