Friday, March 28, 2008

(Deep Breath, Count to Ten) At Least They're Learning and Having Fun

“Learning can only happen when a child is interested. If he’s not interested it’s like throwing marshmallows at his head and calling it eating.”
- Barbara Lamping

I LOVE this quote! I don't know anything about the author, but these words are so true!

School is so much fun. Today we took our nature walk (a la Charlotte Mason) in the woods behind our house. We found all kinds of cool things: twisted trees, sideways-growing trees, fungi, "baby pinecones," many furry patches of moss, and, coolest of all, a 6 1/2" lizard. We also found some blackened chunks of wood in the fire pit, which reminded Drama Queen of the the way that young Abe Lincoln had used it in lieu of a pencil to write on a shovel while he studied at home. Of course, they each had to get several pieces.

Unfortunately, all this fun comes with a price tag. Today I have had to clean up everything that was tracked in on the WHITE CARPET: lots of lovely Georgia red clay, crumbled-and-ground-in charcoal, as well as some thick black gunk from the grill (Hubby had taken it apart last night). Their shoes are a mess; I'm leaving them outside to dry.

Drama Queen and Pete had so much fun on the nature walk that they donned their good shoes and took another one while I fixed lunch. Goody. Now I have double the shoes to clean.

Then there's the gooey mayonnaise stalactite on the ceiling, formed when I dropped the container while distracted by Drama Queen's and Pete's fighting over whose turn it was to hold Kevin the lizard. I managed to remove the formation, but a greasy spot was left behind. I hope another one doesn't grow. Even at a growth rate of 1 millimeter a year, the way I am with housework I would never be able to keep up with it.

Of course, I still had the usual hailstorm of food to clean up underneath Screech's highchair. The area under the table near Drama Queen and Pete is never exactly pristine, either.

I'm worn out. If Kevin the lizard gets loose, I'm taking a hike.

By myself this time.

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