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My Son (JCH) A School Paper

While NOTHING will ever beat this report, I still want to share the latest school project my son recently completed.

First, Justin had to find the same product made by two different brand names and then test them. He was going to compare Jiff Peanut Butter to Skippy Peanut Butter. However, when I stopped at CVS on my way home, they only carried one brand of peanut butter. I am way too lazy to drive to the grocery store (in the dark, and in the rain) in search of one jar of peanut butter. Nor would I stand in that mile long line for One Item. Not gunna happen.

Luckily for JCH, CVS carried two different brands of popcorn. Act II and Pop-Secret.

He conducted his research, compared ingredients, and pricing. That report was rather well done. (I wish I saved a copy of that.) The second portion of the ‘project’ was to write a letter to the company of the product he liked better.

(Too bad he wasn’t allowed to write a letter about the not-so-good popcorn, I have a feeling that would have been funnier.)

Anyway…here is the letter my son wrote to the Act II people. I happen to LOVE the last line.

Dear Sir Or Madam,

Hello my name is Justin. I would like to say that Act II popcorn is a fantastic product. I had compared your product to Pop-secret (one of your leading competitors) and your product was much better.

I would like for you to know that I will continue to eat your fabulous popcorn. I will also tell all of my friends the outcome of my test. Please don’t change a thing about ACT II. It is perfect. Please don’t do any of the “less butter” or “less fat” stuff that a lot of other companies are doing. Between you and me, that kind of stuff makes the popcorn taste terrible.

Thank you

(Age 11)


I feel so badly for my son.  Not only has he been doing ALL of his homework, he’s had a great attitude in class and with the other students.  He is even going to be the announcer for the school talent show. Last night he came home with his weekly tests for me to sign…and even they were FANTASTIC, including two 100’s! Yeay!

Alas, the cable box in Justin’s room broke last night and after three hours on the phone with CableVision no one can FIX it until Saturday. It’s like the poor kid is being punished.

It’s as if he is ‘GROUNDED’ for a week without TV, and he didn’t even do anything wrong.

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  • i wonder what he might have to say to the maxi pad distributors of the previous post… now that might be hysterical……..

  • Manufacturers take those letters seriously. Expect coupons in the mail 🙂

  • Meleah


    Right! That would be funny.


    Really? That would be pretty cool.

  • that’s fantastic. i love that “between you and me” bit. buddy buddy up with those marketers, son!

  • Another writer in the family! 🙂

  • The best friend

    great job on the letter Who Steens!

  • Lee

    For those of us who are diatetically challenged, the low-fat, low-sugar, low-taste options are essential. Maybe Justin could lobby for better tasting healthy alternatives. Maybe the powers that be would listen to an outstanding young man, like me, more than they do a crotchety old fart, like me.

  • Lee

    That last comment should have read:
    “…would listen to an outstanding young man, like him

    Sorry for the confusion and the lack of accurate typing.

  • Mmmmm…popcorn with extra butter AND fat!

  • Meleah


    He is adorable, when hes not being a Douche Bag


    Yeah. Maybe one day. But. Um. I am hoping he will grow up to be a DOCTOR




    ha ha ha …I am a TYPE-O Queen! Ill ask him to write up a Pro-Health campaign (but I doubt he’ll do it since it took weeks to get him to do this assignment!)


    Oh how I miss me some Pop Corn.

  • Now that’s a school project I could really get into! And I died over his last line. So great! (And I couldn’t agree more. Popcorn should be YUMMY, not HEALTHY.)

  • Yikes no TV till saturday..a fate worse than death….my sympathies to the young man..:) and a well done as well..

  • Meleah


    I know right!


    I feel so bad… 🙁 poor dood.

    At least we all watch American Idol and House as a family tonight, so he just wont have TV after 10 pm….and he should really be sleeping at that hour anyway…

  • “Between you and me…” I LOVE it!

  • I see that Justin takes after his mom with a flare for writing. You have a lot to be proud of, he sounds like a great kid!!!

  • Yaaaay Justin! He’s a super cool kid. And I totally agree with him on the popcorn!!! You must be a proud Mama 🙂

  • Meleah


    Thats the line that KILLED me.


    He is a great kid 85% of the time….we dont talk about the rest of the time


    I love him so much.

  • ‘Please don’t do any of the “less butter” or “less fat” stuff that a lot of other companies are doing.


  • Wonderful son you have Meleah.
    Arh I want some popcorn now 🙂

    I’ll probably write a letter asking them to add more sugar into the popcorn. I like my popcorn sweet, but most of the microwavable stuff is salty! Arh!

  • Meleah

    Michael C:

    He he he he.


    I toad-ily love that boy. mmm…..sweet popcorn……I wish

  • He certainly has a flare for writing. I also read his King Arthur letter and loved it. He sounds like a wonderful kid!

  • Lis

    I’m not a popcorn person but when I eat it, I like it with loads of butter. Mmm…

    You, woman, have an excellent son.

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