All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten
by Robert Fulghum
Most of what I really need
We have had a full week of homeschool plus a field trip on Saturday with Godzilla's science teacher.
Here are some things I/we have learned this week:
- Give the Princess a pair of scissors and she will cut a piece of paper to confetti.
- I actually enjoy homeschooling (so far:))
- The girls are actually retaining the information I am teaching to them.
- The Queen is smart and I may not be able to keep up with her.
- The Queen may be teaching me before it is over with:).
- The Golden Silk Spider has some of the strongest web silk. In the tropics, fisherman used to use the webs for nets. No kidding, if you pluck the silk, it sounds like a guitar string (and doesn't break).
- The female Golden Silk Spider grows to be very, very big!
- The best part of a nature hike is the snacks that you eat.
- The female Wolf Spider can carry a lot of babies on its back.
- A Dung Beetle uses its back legs to roll the dung ball. How does it know where it is going?
And closer to home,
- Each cedar shingle goes through a 4-step process before being ready to use on the house. (dipped in primer, hung to dry, dipped in paint, and hung to dry.)
- We can hang 75-80 shingles per line in our Garage Mahal.
- We can hang 8 lines of shingles, or about 640 shingles at one time.
- It takes 3 of us 2 hours to dip and hang 8 lines of shingles.
- It takes 6 of us 3 hours to dip and hang 8 lines of shingles:).
Words of wisdom as spoken to the Queen by Big Tuna:
- It's not nice to boss people around and tell them what to do.
- NO Barney!
And the ultimate words of wisdom from The Queen:
- You get what you get and you don't pitch a fit!
And finally, when it rains it pours. (This is my half-flooded yard.)
The news this week of the death of Lavender Banks has saddened me. I feel like I have cried buckets of tears for this precious child. Lavender's adoptive mother was a woman the Chinese adoption community fought for when the CCAA said she could not adopt Lavender (they had approved the adoption but then rescinded her referral after they learned she was an African-American woman). The CCAA eventually reversed their decision, but a very good adoption agency in Tennessee had their China waiting child program pulled from them by the CCAA in retaliation for fighting for their client, Lavender's adoptive mom. As more details emerge about Lavender's adoptive mother, the situation gets harder and harder to bear.
God's peace and love be with you Lavender. You are missed and mourned by many.