Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.

Welcome back to Tuesday’s Tale, a weekly feature where we collaborate to write a story. Previous Tuesday’s Tales include What Thing? and The Sasquatch Swatch. We follow the basic rules of the “Yes, And” improvisational game – accept everything written so far as part of the story, and add your own paragraph (or so) where the last addition left off – except you needn’t begin your addition with “Yes, and.” I’ll start the story….

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“Dear, I think the idea is for Timmy to do his own project,” Rhonda said.

“Ha!” Milton replied. “Do you think Jenny Witherspoon came up with that Newtonian fluid idea on her own last year? In fourth grade?”

“Jenny is a bright girl,” Rhonda suggested. “And her title for the project was ‘Why Soap Bubbles Pop.'”

“Exactly,” Milton agreed. “The subtitle was ‘An Analysis of Newtonian Fluid Polymer Phase Shifts.’ What nine-year-old thinks of that? A nine-year-old whose mom held a post-doctoral research fellowship at MIT. That’s who.”

Rhonda nodded and did not mention that the subtitle of Timmy’s project last year was ‘Market Projection by Rhesus Monkey Randomization.’ Or that the project lost because two of the school fair’s sponsors did not appreciate the video of a monkey flinging dung at their logos. Timmy had been heartbroken, and Milton still fumed about corporations silencing important research. As for Rhonda, she’d spent weeks fumigating the basement.

“So what is Timmy’s project this year?” she asked warily.

“Cellulose projectile adhesion as a function of salivary stimulants,” Milton announced proudly.

Rhonda’s eyebrows rose. “Umm….”

“It’s brilliant!” Milton said. “He wants to know what he should drink to make the stickiest spitballs.”

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Have fun!