Back in middle school my scientist teacher had a yearly project she subjected called, “The Phylum Fashion Show”. All the science teachers do this, actually. It’s where the teachers assign each student with an animal and that student has to study the animal, do a research paper, and also make a mask. Then on a particular day all the students assigned the project will go to the library where a stage is set up with curtains and a draw-bridge (or so I call it).
They have to wear their mask and say what their animal is, etc, in front of other students from their grade not in the class.
Three days in correlation to this event I remember in particular. The year before I got this assignment and I would see other students modeling their masks as they spouted out facts – I hoped I would get that class because it looked awesome, especially the ones who got the tigers or the panthers (the coolanimals). The second day is when I am sitting in my biology class awaiting to reach my hand in the bowl filled with tiny strips of paper with an animal name on each of them. Everyone is excited to see what they will get, and soon my turn comes.
I reach a hand in the bowl and take my strip of paper – something you can’t undo. Once you get your animal, you can’t pick another. That’s the rule. So unfair.
While other girls got the tigers, panthers, leopards, and other graceful creatures. I got the opposite.
A large rodent masked as a pig.
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