Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Crazy Hearts

Madison's enrichment class today involved "crazy hearts," mainly because it is still February.  That's the official shape of February.  I know it's supposed to be Black History Month, and this may have been pointed out here before, but I think January is a better month for Black History Month.  Let us review:

1.  February, everyone is thinking about hearts and Valentine's Day.  This is certainly on Madison's mind.
2.  Martin Luther King's birthday is in January, and could be the centerpiece of a Black History Month.  Each January, we really do stop to have a conversation about Martin Luther King, and what he marched for, how far we've come, and how far we have to go.
3.  There are more days in January than February.  That means more days to celebrate, right?

Those are just three reasons to make Black History Month in January.  As it is now, kids like Madison are busy spending time making hearts in enrichment classes, or trading off Valentine's Day, or getting ready to celebrate President's Day talking about Lincon and Washington.  And don't forget Groundhog Day!  February has got a lot going on, including occasionally Chinese New Year.  So my obvious proposal is to move it to January where we celebrate... Not much.  I think the only thing in January currently is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day.  There might be something else... I just can't think of it right now.  The point is, January needs all the help it can get.

Tonight, we had small groups in KidPak, and it was so much fun.  We had a balance beam, and a big discussion about walking the straight and narrow.  Of course, our circus theme was walking the high wire.   We handed out Twizzler "high wires" to the kids, and had them try to do the balance beam while carrying a bunch of stuff.  Daddy has a skit written out, and Mommy had found a costume just perfect for our high wire act, complete with a little parasal.

Daddy has to get ready for teaching a college class tomorrow.  It's been a fun and challenging season. The students there seem to like it, and it's great to be a part of a new program like this.  But it is a lot of work, at least the night before.  Basically, the typical thing that has been happening is that all my plans for class tomorrow get scrapped, and I start with a new idea in the morning, and it all comes together wonderfully at the last minute.  Oh!  Why do these things always have to be so close!?

In just a few days, we'll go see Ba-ba.  He is doing better, but it's clear that our visit will be helpful to them.  Mommy in particular can be very helpful with food, and of course organization.  It's not so much a vacation as a visit to see where we can help.  But at the same time, there may be moments to relax in the Florida sun.  We'll see how it turns out, but it won't be a bad thing, that's for sure!

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