I was part of a movement of "dinosaur moms" when I lived in Maryland (Astrodon Johnstoni is the Maryland state dinosaur.) Which is nothing more than this -- dinosaur moms delight in the half-feral nature of the beasties they parent, even as they whisper Shakespeare and Kierkegaard in their ears at night.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
It seems that in Phoenix large stretches of road are closed more frequently and abruptly than anywhere else. And, as I am relatively new to the area and to city driving generally, this usually throws me for a loop. Just today I was taking a carload of kids to a museum when I was re-routed out of my depth. I managed to right my ship, but still had to call My Beloved for back-up, just to be sure.
In our house, this is called monkeypennying, so-called for MonkeyPenny, the voice of reason down at HQ for Spy Fox, the kid-friendly, all-animal send-up of "Get Smart".
It is one of the great perks of married life to have my own personal MonkeyPenny.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Of course, then Jones reminded me of this primer on Kenya, which we used to play all the time. Slightly less charming, I'm afraid. I swear, they're going to stop inviting me to chaperone these trips.
I am an enormous fan of all things humongous and wish there were more brainy, clever, games like those. On a field trip to wildlife world, I had the whole bus singing this nifty tune from Putt Putt. Wipe off your windows so you can see, the elephant, the monkey, and the chimpanzee...