Rocket Boy

8 May

Preparing for Launch

Back at Christmas time, my brother gave our son a model rocket that you pack with a little gunpowder engine and send soaring into the sky.

However, because I am a very bad parent and not at all good at building things, it has sat in the closet ever since. Oh, and did you think I meant last Christmas? Because I mean Christmas 18 months ago.

But today, his sister was off with grandma, and so when I asked what he wanted to do, of course he wanted to build the rocket. I felt certain this endeavor would end with either a) an emergency room visit or b) the crushing disappointment of the rocket not launching at all. Because did I mention we aren’t really good at building things.

See for yourself what happened:

I know, I am the worst videographer ever.

P.S. We never found the rocket, but while I was tromping around in the brush allegedly “looking for it,” I did find this instead.

Not the rocket.

9 Responses to “Rocket Boy”

  1. sharpsparks May 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm #

    Those are one of my favorite butterflies in Texas.

  2. Claire May 8, 2010 at 5:25 pm #


    • Elissa May 8, 2010 at 6:45 pm #

      Fun! We have a collection of rockets that the kids (meaning the big kid that I’m married to) love to launch. Half the fun is trying to find them afterwards.

  3. WayneH May 9, 2010 at 6:46 am #

    Normally, you put a parachute on the rocket and have an engine that pops the cone at the end so that the parachute deploys.

    • lettergirl May 9, 2010 at 10:26 am #

      Wayne, there was a parachute inside the rocket — it did deploy, just hard to see against the clouds. =)

  4. Laura Lorek May 9, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

    Dawn, this is great. My husband and son spent an entire day building a rocket too. It had a parachute also. But after it launched we never saw it again. Do you think all these rockets end up in Russia? 🙂 At least you’ll always have the video and memories.

  5. MomOnMars May 10, 2010 at 12:16 am #

    Sounds like an awesome day! Even if you didn’t find the rocket.

    • MomOnMars May 10, 2010 at 12:18 am #

      I just saw your tweet. So you did find it! Perfect. Do you get to launch it again? What fun.

  6. Elle May 10, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    I used to build those rockets with my dad and brother! It was so much fun launching them, but we *always* had to search for them. 😉

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