Thursday, March 20, 2014

pretty happy funny real: food, flowers, & Shakespeare

pretty- after a 6:30 AM Mass, dew still sparkling on the flowers
happy- an old photo from St valentine's Day. The big girls always make us a balcony dinner because I teach evenings. Now that it is Lent, my mouth is watering looking at the cheese and meat plate!
funny- My parents visited us to see the big girls in Two Gentlemen of Verona and husband and I in the adult class playing some scenes from Much Ado About Nothing. My mother treated the girls to a blended drink with some coffee in the big (14 & 13) girls' drink! This is the same mom who cried when she saw my older sister drink some coffee when she was 18 years old! Times have changed, haven't they? (yes- baby girl has a sometimes lazy eye...advice?)
real- Boy has been taking some Lego 'engineering' classes courtesy of our public charter homeschooling program. He was very excited to show his friends and teacher the William Shakespeare Lego mini-fig (I know all the lingo now) he received from his grandparents for his 7th birthday. One of the parents, watching Boy's enthusiasm for Shakespeare, said "he is an interesting boy." What does that mean? I don't want to dampen his love for atypical activities or his natural exuberance. Somehow, I am raising very social, empathetic, creative and extroverted children. I felt bad that Boy is already weird- even among homeschoolers.   

8 comments:

  1. Have you had your little with the sometimes lazy eye to see an optometrist? I say this not as a judgment, but because we caught eye issues with my eldest early on that way. When she was to start JK, about a month or so before, we took her to the optometrist a) because my brother was in late Kindergarten/Early Grade 1 when he needed glasses, and b) my husband started wearing glasses young as well. We caught slight strabismus with her, as well as discovering that she needed glasses (which explained some things). What we ended up doing was for a time, on our optometrist's advice, we patched her good eye at home for so long a period of time each day. We got the disposable patches because it wasn't a long-term thing, and it was only at home. It worked and she has no issues at all now, other than still needing glasses (she's far-sighted and has astigmatism) and likely needing them for the rest of her life.
    Our son needed glasses as well...and it was only after he'd had them for a bit that we realized that was why he squinted so much before he had them...we have natural squinters in our family, so... He didn't have anything needing patching.
    That would be my advice, fwiw.
    :)

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    1. yes- we need to take her...I am nervous because she hasn't been to the doctor a lot....I'll make an appointment!

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  2. Oh my goodness, there's coffee in those things? Oh well. And a love of Shakespeare is a positive thing. Did they realize that Shakespeare was the GK Chesterton of his day? It would be a wonderful thing to have a child love the Bard.

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    1. haha- you didn't know? They ordered a 'mocha'- luckily, they are tall ;)

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  3. I felt that like about coffee until I married a Finn! But I had a kiddo with eye troubles. Lazy eye is actually a weaker vision eye that lags behind the other. A wandering eye is caused by weaker muscles. You can have both our one and not the other. I'd get a referral to an pediatric opthomologist. They can work wonders.

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    1. Do Finns drink coffee at a young age- I think that for plain old Americans, drinking coffee used to be a right of passage- not so much now...
      about the eye doctor- I think I will start with a local doc and see if he thinks we need to go pediatric

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    2. I have a lazy eye and so does Daniel. Mine is corrected with glasses as is his.

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  4. My grandfather used to give my mother coffee milk when she was a little girl. Mostly milk with a splash of coffee. Is that a Southern thing? I haven't done it with my kids because I tend to be very caffeine sensitive.

    I love that your son is into Shakespeare. And I think "interesting" is about the highest compliment my kids can get. But then again I am one of those weird homeschoolers too. Too bad you're so far away my kids and yours could hang out and be all geeky together. I bet Ben and Anthony would love to have Beowulf minifigures, if such things exist. Or samurai.

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