dried spaghetti bridges

We opened packets and eased out pasta,

Dried spaghetti, long and brittle,

Snapping easily, as the toddler runs

Excitedly, through the chaos that’s descended

On the kitchen, fogged with nervous energy.

It must be strong! he shouts, brandishing the sugar,

Half a kilogram, that bridge must hold.

I wipe away the sweat and disappointing scent;

I should have studied engineering, something useful

At Edinburgh University, where I’d have made

A vaccine or a rocket or the tallest building I could dream,

Rather than those petty dreams of Bennet sisters

Running through the fields….

The man that I am sharing a tutor group with is a Design and Technology teacher so he is responsible for getting the kids doing some fun STEM activities during lockdown.

Last week we were all supposed to make a balloon powered car and this week we are all going to have a go at making a bridge out of dried spaghetti. They’re all good fun and they teach engineering skills at the same time.

However, I do sometimes find myself battling with the rubber bands and sticky tape, wondering if I have made some bad decisions throughout my life. I think about the kids that are making these projects now and what they will go on and accomplish and then about what use I am to society.

I know that kindness and supporting other goes a long way, but I do sometimes get some grand ideas about having designed a bridge that would be driven over and admired for hundreds of years. Or being involved in the first team to get man on Mars.

I’ll never get the chance to achieve those things now, but hopefully one day I can write the next classic that will be read and loved for many years to come. It may not be as breathtaking as a bridge, but as long as it brings joy, that is all that we can hope for.

Much Love

Rachel xx

7 thoughts on “dried spaghetti bridges

    1. patientandkindlove

      It is a nice thought that all of those learners are going out into the world and spreading some good. I’m still very excited to make the Golden Gate Bridge out of spaghetti, even if it is alone in my kitchen!

  1. anotherkatewilson

    I teach engineering and also run those sorts of activities for school enrichment programs. My students will go on to design bridges and aeroplanes, and hopefully they wont fall down or out of the sky. But if they haven’t read and appreciated Austen, they will be much the poorer for it as human beings. We need literature to understand who we are. Not so sure about Dickens though. 😉

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