Thursday, March 5, 2009

OK the park story...

Well Ladies, I can see you are all much more likely to comment when my kids are writing the blog than when I am...at least I know where I stand! The park story isn't really much of a story, but basically an older woman told some of the kids to stop playing where they were playing because she was going to call the police. A similar thing had happened with some of the boys at a different park last week, so a few of us mothers had our mother bear instinct kick in. I'm normally not one for confrontaion, but I did go right up to the woman and asked what the problem was (this is what made Madi proud). I think truly she was just concerned for their safety (I think unnecessarily so), but we cordially set the record straight. The kids were just playing around the stream, something that far too few kids get time to do in this day and age. I'm pretty sure no one told Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn to stop playing in nature! Most likely no one ever told this woman that either, but I think is was far too long ago that she was a child and she's forgotten what it was like. There were some of the littler kids down there too and I think that it is also sad how unusual it might seem to some people to see kids ranging from 2-13 years old all playing together. We know the older kids were all looking after the younger ones, but a stranger might not understand that. Sometimes our life seems so normal because it is our life and it often takes someone else looking at it to see how much we go against the grain. (we even grind our own grain!)

Theatre is back on starting next week...woohoo! They are going to be practicing right around the corner from our house...double woohoo!!

The kids and I are supposed to take part in an International Day in a few weeks where every family picks and country and presents info about it. We picked Guatemala because we sponsor a little boy who lives there, but I've struck out at two libraries trying to get info on Guatemala. Looks like we're going to have to do a lot of searching online.

I'm thinking of starting a writing club for Jonathan and Madi and some of their friends. I read a really neat article about one in Home Education magazine. Who's interested, let me know.

For those of you who don't know (although I think most of my readers are involved), there is a group blog about homemaking etc that you might be interested in. I just posted a delicious recipe for scones on there, you can check it out here.
http://thebeecharmers.blogspot.com/2009/03/pumpkin-scones.html

8 comments:

crispy said...

You go Momma Bear.

Melissa said...

I'm interested in the writing club. Let me know what you decide.
Hurray for theatre! That's wonderful news!!

bfarmmom said...

count us in on writing!! I was very proud of you for going up to that woman also. I was to chicken!!

Cindy said...

Good for you-I'm not surprised you spoke up! Good luck with Guatamala-that's sounds interesting! (You know I always love a good theme!)

ann marie said...

Yeah for you!
I'm interested in having the kids in the writing club, please keep me posted,sounds cool.
I'm very happy to hear about theatre. How nice that it's right around the corner too!

Steph said...

I've made some scones in my day and those look GREAT! I'm interested in what the woman said AFTER you spoke to her!
What's with all these adults after our kids? Call the police? A tad extreme...

Randi Sue said...

Good for you!

I had a moment when I realized everyone did not live the same kind of life I do. My neighbor came over to eat and I told her I still needed to take a picture of the dish the kids had made with me. She looked at me and asked," Why are you doing that?" I had to explain about blogging and homeschooling notebooks.

Smith Schoolhouse said...

making me miss park days!