Saturday, June 28, 2014

And So It Goes

The Sirius Billy Joel channel is gone!

song: And So It Goes • artist: Billy Joel

Friday, June 27, 2014

Once in a Lifetime

Tonight I realized that one of the items on my bucket list is: learning to crochet.

song: Once in a Lifetime • artist: Talking Heads

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ape Man

S got a stuffed animal gorilla at the May Festival last month and it's gone everywhere with us ever since.
I don't mind really, he's a good-looking gorilla as far as stuffed gorillas go, it's just that he's a little on the large side and not easy to slip into a vest pocket or a canvas shoulder bag when he gets handed to me on various outings which inevitably happens.
The gorilla obsession has led us to check out a number of library books about gorillas which have led to us learning quite a lot about gorillas, the most major point being that gorilla's are a lot like us. As if we couldn't have figured that out just by looking at them. For an enormous animal they are relatively passive, they are vegetarians, they take care of their young and live in social groups.
So here comes the heartbreaking part.
They are also - like every big animal - seriously endangered. This always comes as no surprise to adults but as a bit of a shock to kids. It would be so much easier if our children would just form attachments to earth worms or herring gulls or dung beetles, or some other animal that we have on the planet in abundance.
But no - it's always elephants, tigers or gorillas and who can blame them? They are beautiful, impressive animals which are either caught in the crossfire of a remote civil war (such is the case with gorillas), being hunted to extinction, or live in habitats that have shrunken to the size of postage stamps.
S was genuinely sad to find out that gorillas are endangered. His suggestion was that we help out by getting one for a pet.
I reminded him of how much gorillas eat every day and that we'd never be able to afford to feed such a large pet. 
I then suggested that we have a lemonade stand and donate the proceeds to one of the African preserves we read about where gorillas live.
His response: "That's a great idea, Mommy. We can have a lemonade stand and use the money to buy food to feed our pet gorilla."
I love his sentiment - and his ability to think outside the box. But we still can't get a gorilla.

song: Ape Man • artist: The Kinks

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Those Sweet Words

Two great quotes from last night's read alouds:
"Sylvester was now as wide awake as a donkey that was a rock could possibly be." 
-Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

"The world is full enough of hurts and mischances without wars to multiply them."
-The Lord of the Ring Trilogy (The Return of the King)

song: Those Sweet Words • artist: Nora Jones

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Pick a Little, Talk a Little

Here's a new one.
S. to me: "My brother accidentally picked my nose and now it really hurts."

song: Pick a Little, Talk a Little • musical: The Music Man

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Dream Cafe

Do you think that sometimes they don't pick up the garbage just to give us something to talk about besides the weather?

The other night I dreamed that our computer-guru friend John Evans was over the house going over the pros and cons of all these different GPS devices with me.
Good grief. Even my dreams are boring.

song: Dream Cafe • artist: Greg Brown

Friday, June 06, 2014

The Rainbow Connection

Dear Kermit,
There really aren't that many songs about rainbows.

song: Rainbow Connection • artist: Kermit the Frog

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother

The Tao of my Twins Lesson #17

If I have a new, bigger, backpack, I must load it with stuff until it's completely full.

song: He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother • artist: the Hollies

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Rock the Cashbah

What's better than your son passing out geodes (in lieu of cupcakes) to his classmates in honor of his 9th birthday? When the geodes arrive packed in newspaper rather than styrofoam peanuts.
A little love for

song Rock the Casbah • artist: the Clash