The persistence of things…

I am always surprised by what comes up as my most frequently viewed posts on this site every week. You would think that over time, older posts would drop off out of memory and newer posts would be trendy and often looked at. Not so. Oh, sure, newer posts get a ton of views for a day or three, but there are several posts that are just so darn persistent. They show up in my list of top posts for the past week every… single… week.

It’s true.

There are five posts that I’ve written that have gained this incredible stickiness — without my doing anything to promote them. I find it curious that these five topics get searched for (and found) so often. I find it curiouser that, despite several of them being 3+ years old, not a week goes by without at least 3 of these 5 posts showing up in my list of top posts for the week. This week, all 5 of them are there.

What is it about these 5 posts that has made them so persistently popular over the past 3 years? I have no idea. But maybe you do — so without further ado, here are the posts that keep getting page views week after week:

1. Polymer science with jelly balls.

2. From Coca-Cola to terrarium.

3. Crossbows and pencils and electrical tape, oh my!

4. The Tea Party Birthday Party

5. How to build a better volcano.

The one thing they have in common is that they are all crazy things I have done with my kids at some point. Some are based in science, others based in art, and all were just plain fun — if you find doing slightly crazy and possibly dangerous things with kids to be fun.

We like slightly crazy and possibly dangerous things to do with kids around here. (You might have noticed.)

And yet, this year, we have hardly done anything that truly qualifies as slightly crazy and possibly dangerous. Not since November 2012, at any rate. Not really.

I blame it on school.

This has been, bar none, the most time-consuming school year ever. Between homework and band practices and more homework and extracurriculars and yet more homework, we just haven’t been up to our usual shenanigans. We’ve done a few things, like the Radical Structures workshop at the library a few weeks ago (which I totally didn’t tell you about, nor did I post pictures) and the annual front yard snow fort that grew far taller this year than it ever has in years past (and I also didn’t tell you about, nor did I post pictures, for I actually forgot to take pictures), and K has become completely enamoured with learning computer programming thanks to Virtual Ventures at Carleton University (yet another thing I haven’t told you about. Apparently I’ve been rather secretive about the coolest things we’ve been doing these last few months).

But despite all that busy-ness, we haven’t done anything crazy.

Because really, if you think about it, the one thing that those 5 posts have in common is that they are slightly crazy. Maybe even more than slightly crazy.

And seeing them up there week after week reminds me that one of the things I love most about being a parent is getting to do slightly crazy and possibly a little bit dangerous things with my kids.

Like microwaving marshmallows.

And building penny shooting machines.

My goal for this upcoming weekend — and yours too, should you choose to accept the challenge — is to find something slightly crazy and rather silly and possibly even a little bit dangerous to do with my kids. Preferably something that makes us laugh until we are breathless with it, our souls shining with joy inside and out.

I call it The Silliness Project. Who wants to join me?




5 thoughts on “The persistence of things…

      1. I use “dangerous” loosely, of course, since so many things our grandparents did as children we gasp in horror about today — like giving a 10 year old their own pocket knife, or letting them go to the park by themselves for an hour. Gever Tully has a fabulous TED talk on dangerous things to do with kids, and a book 50 Dangerous Things (you should let your children do). Google the TED talk if nothing else – it is well worth watching and pondering. 🙂


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