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The Paper Airplane Project

Day 392


As a family, we've spent substantial amounts of time making paper airplanes over the past week. Mia even pulled up some YouTube tutorials on the subject yesterday, in an attempt to aide us in our efforts.

We've built planes that do all kinds of crazy things, and have recently set our sites on maximizing distance, with the goal of flying a plane over the swimming pool from outside the gates.

So far, all of our attempts have met a watery demise. The majority of our creations don't even pass the preliminary testing stages, and get passed on to Ace and Hope, who love them, despite their sub-par performance.

Some fly straight (but not far enough), some end up as boomerangs, some spiral as they go, some do a loop the loop (the "woop da woop" is Hope's favorite), and some are utter disasters. Mia even built one that looked and behaved like a rocket ship. That was pretty cool.

We are yet to build one that can span the width of the pool. Which brings to mind the old adage, "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again."

I think it's worth including that you should probably try again differently. Find ways to make each iteration different from the previous version. In some instances, you might even have to blow up the plan completely and start from scratch.

They say it was Einstein who either did or did not define insanity as doing the same thing again and again while expecting a different result.

With that in mind, if at first you don't succeed, you should certainly try again. However, if you don't adjust your attempts after each unsuccessful effort, you are destined to end up in a never ending loop of failure.

That one with the funny nose in the top left was surprisingly successful...but don't ask me to recreate it...I have no idea how that happened...



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