"Mom," my daughter said. "I need a giant cupcake."
I looked at that girl, completely puzzled. "What for?"
"A science project. I need to go to the store and get candy, too."
I couldn't imagine what kind of science project involved a giant cupcake and candy. But I did my mom job and took her to the store, where she bought an assortment of Sour Patch Kids, Nerds, Fruit Wraps and a strawberry mini-cake. "What in the world are you going to do with all of those?"
"Make a cell," she replied. "The frosting is the cytoplasm, the strawberry is the nucleus, the Fruit Wrap is the cell membrane, and the Nerds are the ribosomes."
"What about the Sour Patch Kids?" I asked.
"I'm going to use a blue one for the Golgi body. Do you get it? Golgi body - kid body?"
I nodded. "Yeah, I get it."
We went home and she created her masterpiece. (I would show you a picture, but she refused to let me take one.)
When she was done, she put the cover over it. "One more thing," she said. She grabbed a sticky note and wrote something on it. Then she shoved it in the refrigerator.
Curious, I checked to see what she wrote. I laughed when I saw it. It said, in very big letters,
DAD, DO NOT EAT MY SCIENCE PROJECT!
(I guess she knows her dad!)