We were able to completely bypass all the shopping insanity going on today…take highways and bypass the commercial areas…and wind our way to two different area parks today.
I’ve been journaling most days and I try to include, in each entry, a couple of things for which I am grateful. To me, this is what thanksgiving is about….not about pilgrims or religion.
All of these are from A Woman’s Worth by Marianne Williamson.
“The world is meant to be a safe and nurturing environment for children. The fact that it isn’t is a sacred call to action for every conscious woman. in this way, we heal our children…”
“A key to mothering is to visualize our children as the adults we would love them to become: strong, happy, serious, loving. Now imagine what kind of mother they must have had to grow up into such fabulous grown-ups. And whatever that is, becoing it is the task that lies before us.”
“Shame on us for doing so little.”
“We will do nothing, support nothing, conspire with nothing, that could possibly harm anyone.”
“We just get tired, or we get reborn, when we have suffered so much that we have started to die.”
These are the things that inspire me….these thoughts.
This week, we begin talking about the explorers and the indigenous peoples of the Americas whose ways of life were so changed by the arrival of waves of Europeans.
And we make christmas presents and talk about thanksgiving…and make a thankful tree.
I really enjoy looking at political ‘cartoons.’ They can be very wry, witty, or, yes, biting. But they tell a story and they tell a history.
During my time as a history major in college, I used contemporary political cartoons to better understand the times I was studying.
Now, I look to see what’s going on in my time.
This one, which didn’t feel overly politicized (and therefore appropriate for my little family-blog) and said something that I feel is quite pertinent.
Now at 9, Nic is aware that things are going on…that there was an election…that Senator Obama is now President-Elect Obama…but he’s not oriented to any of it yet.
One day he might look back and realize that what he was only peripherally aware of was a turning point in American politics.
I look forward to the time, probably by the next presidential election, when I can have lively discussions and maybe even debates with my children. Each of the, even little Whinnie, are fully possessed of their own opinions and ability to express themselves. So they may clearly disagree with their parents about many things.
We’ll see. And goodness hopes that our next presidential election cycle doesn’t start for a while….
We’ve been doing many things, both educational and fun, just not having the time or inclination to get online much to blog about it. 🙂
I try to have a book on hand that I read to Nic from each day. This works so much better than me trying to make time to read to him at bedtime…when the chaos is at its peak.
We just finished “The Island of the Blue Dolphins” which is a work of historical fiction by Scott O’Dell. It was just the right thing. We’ve been studying pre-industrial societies(I will not say ‘primitive’ because that is less a description and more a judgement) in various ways, and this fit in nicely.
I highly recommend it…though with the caveat of making sure that a child is ready for a book where a 12 year old girl is alone on an island and has to do everything to survive (previous to her being alone, she witnesses the slaughter of many of her tribe, including her father, and has to bury her younger brother after he is killed by wild dogs…neither of these are depicted in grisly detail, though.)
Now we are reading The Little House in the Big Woods, which fits in with learning more about pre-industrial America and the westward expansion.
Theo is Theo. He’s incredibly intelligent and articulate. He’s is marveling at his own ability to ‘do math’ which means the math of everyday life. He loves to go onto PBS Kids and play math games at the CyberChase website. He doesn’t know how to do everything that he wants to there yet, but it leads him to asking questions to fill in the gaps.
Whingari, without anybody suggesting that she do it, has started telling us the names of letters. She knows B and O and the other day I think she identified K and J. She is so much like Theo some times. She is now exactly one month away from her 2nd birthday. 🙂
Well, I must log off and see what today holds.
I went to sleep terribly late last night (this morning), but I went to sleep with a smile on my face and a lump in my throat. I awoke to that same smile on my face.
I am grateful for the election returns.
I am grateful for dear Anna, with whom I shared them.
I am grateful for the very, very gracious concession speech from Senator McCain.
Now, President=Elect Obama — lead us.