Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Snot

For Christmas, Logan got a "Gross Science" kit. It is filled with all the things little boys wonder about and love to play with. We have petri dishes in the closet growing bacteria from our breath, our spit, sweat from our toes and mucus from our nose. Amazingly, more bacteria is growing in the breath and sweat dishes.


With the weather being cold and uninviting this weekend we decided to break out the kit and have a little fun. One of the experiments was making fake snot out of gelatin. Included was green food coloring that was a color that I want only coming out of my body if I have already passed away. The instructions stated, "If you want runny snot, just add more water." Nice.


Upon seeing the oozing mixture, Logan exclaimed, "That is one kind of snot I would never eat." This was mildly disturbing, as I pondered what other kinds he had sampled.


The boys had fun creating the mess, but then did not want to touch the completed snot. Being the good dad and wanting to teach them the dangers of not washing your hands, I hid it in my palm and shook their hands. An amazing snot fight insued.


It made me think though about the messes we create. We have little problem creating them, but stuggle at times to own them. It is so much easier to leave them for someone else to clean up. We do it with work, the environment, relationships, sometimes even our own family. We can try to hide it, but what started off as a little mess can end up with snot all over the place.

What mess do you need to own today?

7 comments:

Daniel said...

I have made messes in so freakin' many areas of my life. I have long since taken ownership of them and am trying to clean them up one area at a time. Some areas are more snot-covered than others and will certainly take much more time to deal with. Some areas that I have already tended to have stayed relatively snot-free, some have been dealt with so completely that I forgot about them, and others seem more unclean the harder I work. It takes a lot of patience, kind of like herding cats, but great progress can be made over time.

Tim said...

It's amazing what mediums we can find for lessons in life. Even fake snot can be a useful tool for learning. Great post, dude!

Brad said...

Great Post Brian. I hope you have started on the book.

Dot-Com said...

Lovely. Just lovely *lol*

Rob said...

snot-tastic post.

BluNBlond said...

yuck, that is nasty!

Tess said...

THANK YOU! Rarely can you find a blog post that makes you LOL one second and then reflect deeply on your life the next!!! It sounds like you have budding young scientists on your hands. My boys love messes as well - mostly the physical ones - the emotional ones I claim all to myself! I found that if we clean up our messes immediately they aren't so daunting and we happily flow into our very next mess, seamlessly. And just in case the weather by you does not clear soon, this is my sons' favorite mess starting book http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/product/2044 - your kids might like it too!