Friday, March 27, 2009

Edible art

"As projects are privately judged in the gymnasium, fourth grader Oliva Cowie, 10, of Sparks Glencoe, tries to peek through the hallway door during the Annual Edible Art Show at Fifth District Elementary School in Upperco, Md., Tuesday night. The show showcased student’s use of food to create storybook characters, copies of famous artwork, creatures, architecture, and more."

Kids are endearing, and they always make great photos in my opinion. They are honest, too young to understand criticism and always having a good time. However, I find that parents often make me despise children. Well, maybe it's only the parents I have a small hatred toward in certain circumstances.

In this instance, nothing bothers me more than when parents take more pride in school projects then the students themselves. Especially at this edible art contest in Upperco, which is in northern Baltimore County, at the Fifth District Elementary School.

The rules were simple. Each child needed to make a piece of art using only edible items. They could use food to create any and everything from: storybook characters, copies of famous artwork, creatures, architecture, and more.

Needing to make a only two frames, I concentrated on finding one detail of a project and at least one funny moment.

Well, I quickly realized that the children at this event generally didn't care about their own project, which I can maybe understand. It's like anything, if you put too much time into one thing, after a while, there really isn't much to it - to yourself that is.

That's why when I edit photos or listen to my interviews, I go with what catches my eye or ear first, because normally that is all someone is going to give it. Just a once over.

But that wasn't the case here. I think they weren't interested in their own projects because their parents had probably created them.

I saw one mother yelling at her kids not to touch their project as she assembled it. When parents came over and said how nice it was to the children, the mother smiled ear to ear and was proud as a peacock.

This is America though. Where we strive off of competition and that it's always evident parents and their children. Parents always want to believe that their child is the best at everything they do. {rolleyes}

Alas, I had a fun time. And to be honest, I cannot be that upset with parents being proud of their children and wanting them to do their best, even if it means them creating their son or daughters project.

Totally unrelated, I always find it fun to pick out the kids that you think resembled your own mannerisms and friends behaviors when you were that age. I totally saw kids that could have been me and my friends, and their projects were not built by their parents. Ha.


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