I understand the Morah's thought process, I really do. I was once a day-camp counselor. She is thinking that there are 20 kids, all of whom need their projects to be completed before the mommy's get there, plus there are lunches to eat and diapers to change and.....it's simply so much easier to do the project yourself, scribble the kid's name on the back, and tell them they did such a beautiful job on the arts and crafts.
So you think that when your kid grows up, and they are old enough not to be fooled like that, they will come home with their own artistic creations, rather than their Morahs, right?
Unfortunately, wrong. The other day I was at a neighbor's house, when the girls came home from day camp. They have a number of girls of varying ages, and they were all toting a box, which they proudly told us contained their major arts and crafts of the summer. The girls opened their respective boxes, and I blinked, sure I was seeing double. One by one, the girls removed a beautiful lamp, surely an expensive project. But at closer inspection, I couldn't believe my eyes. Each lamp looked identical to the other. It seemed ridiculous to me.
This past shabbos, when I was in their house again, I chuckled to myself, as I noticed identical lamps shining from each bedroom, some bedrooms twice. But then I found it sad. Isn't this just another way that we don't let children express themselves, that we don't let kids be a little different? Why is our society so insistent on everything being MOTS (More Of The Same)?