D for Dora Dongles
Once again I am blogging my way from A to Z as part of the 2015 April A to Z Challenge! Come blog through the alphabet with me!
My kids have come up with some crazy things:
- Selling newspaper hats
- Building a swimming pool in the basement bathroom (using the whole room)
- Sticking sanitary napkins all over the wall as decorations…
I thought I had seen it all until they showed me the Dora Dongles they made with their cousin last week.
See, my kids showed me hard, brown-colored mud balls that had pieces of grass sticking out of them. When they tried to tell me what they were, I heard, “Dora Dongles.” And you know, they kind of did look like dongles, and I don’t mean the piece of hardware you use with your computer.
I did my best to appreciate their creativity while inside I was having a fit of laughter.
But my kids got me.
Because Dora Dongles are real, but they are dorodangos and apparently I am an uncultured art neophyte.
Making dorodangos is an art form in Japan. They are made of hard-packed mud that has been shaped into a round ball and dusted with fine soil to create a glossy surface. According to Wikipedia, they are similar to English conkers, although except for the potential for some decent slang, I don’t see the resemblance. Schoolkids in Japan traditionally make dorodangos.
Knowing this, do I look at my kids’ hairy, brown creations with different eyes?
No, I still only think, them are some balls.