Realistic expectations

There are two local high school girls who for their senior project are attempting to build a hovercraft. I happen to know both; they are intelligent, sweet-natured girls. I asked one if she thought it would actually fly.

"Yes," came the response.

With someone inside it?


What are you going to make it out of?

"Styrofoam and metal."

I have the sinking feeling that this project will never get off the ground, literally or even metaphorically.

If it doesn't, I sincerely hope that no one -- besides me -- is so cruel as to make fun of them for it.

I also hope that next time around they choose a more realistic project.

You know, something just a little less ambitious -- like maybe a time machine.