You, too, can make a Mexican Red Knee Tarantula for your 2nd grader, the night before it's due. All you need is a text from your friend at around 7pm, casually mentioning the spider project due in the morning that you know nothing about, some pipe cleaners, and a small stuffed monkey.
My kids. They are in full form this year. It's impressive, the number of projects and reports and time-consuming assignments they save for the wee hours of the night before it's due. My favorites have been: reading an entire Shakespearian play and writing a 6 page report on it, and starting to memorize the Gettysburg Address, 30 mins before bed. (HIM: "Four score and seven years ago..." ME: "Can't you work on that later, it's bed time, you gotta get up at 4:45am." HIM: "Can't. It's due tomorrow. Gotta know it all by memory. Four score and seven years ago..." ME: "AND YOU'RE JUST NOW STARTING IT!!!" HIM: "Yes. Four score and seven years ago...")