Our yard is not a "lawn," but a forest meadow. A million sprouting acorns will second me on this---this land wants very badly to be woods. Forest meadows have numerous advantages over lawns. The best is that you get to rejoice in the dog violets, bluets, and ajuga that appear in the spring. Second best is that you cut the grass only about twice a year.
Maria finally has the jack-o-lantern grin that you expect in a near-seven-year-old. She has two adult teeth already, but they grew in behind her baby teeth, so this is the the first time we are seeing a gap.
Popop turned ninety! The girls made water-color and crayon resist artwork to send him. We are so blessed in Popop! Congratulations and many happy returns of the day! Here's sending you our love via the Inter-waves!
This is a holdover from last week. We met Jonathan, the UConn mascot, at an Earth Day event at Merrow Meadow park. He's a beautiful and well-behaved creature. His colors are so pure that it looks like he was cut from a black and white photograph.
Our literary intake for the week: listening to audio books of My Father's Dragon and Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang. Maria brought home Olympig from the school library and the girls have requested it several times. We have just begun the D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths. I am so excited! All the D'Aulaires books that I have come across are wonderful. So far, the D'Aulaires have managed to present the mysterious and beautiful beautiful aspects of the myths while keeping the grostesque and horrifying from taking center stage. We are fortunate that my friend Imelda makes a hobby of visiting library book sales and buying up all the children's classics, regardless of whether or not she has them in her collection. She passes on redundant copies to friends. We've received so many marvelous books this way!
There was a morning last week when the girls got themselves up and immediately dressed (for once) and put on an impromptu musical performance. Maria was a statue of the Roman God Mercury and Louisa was a statue of the Roman God Apollo. The statues came alive and sang a song with the chorus"we were statues, a long time ago." Maria is wearing a head ornament with wings and has a paper staff with the Mercury symbol. Louisa had a wad of yellow tissue paper to represent the sun and a box for a chariot. Maria talked about herself being "the morning star" and Louisa being the day star. Louisa sang about "getting the gray off [her] face" and wanting bones made of stone, like a dinosaurs. Donnie and I thought the whole performance admirably rich---you might say "polyvalent." Most of all, it was nice to be greeted by a morning musical rather than the sibling squabbles that are our more common faire!
Real Bricks! The girls unearthed some brick in the back yard. They had such fun with them that we bought fifty more at a tag sale. The girls have constructed a fort for themselves under the treehouse. These make games of 3 little pigs way more real.