besides the memorial being impressive,
i also appreciate that it is accessible to all
— e.g. there are no steps that seem to be at all the other monuments on the mall —
and that there are bathrooms nearby.
those with small children and/or weak bladders feel where i’m coming from.
it will probably be quite lovely when the cherry blossoms come in the spring.
here are the big girls’ favorite quotes from the Inscription Wall:
Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.
We are determined here in Montgomery to work and fight until justice runs “down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
i thought about making them memorize their favorite quotes,
but i’ll settle for just letting them feel Dr. King’s eloquent presence in their minds.
on our weekly library visit
signGirl picked up How to Make Slime by Lori Shores…
so, of course, we had to do it.
it was pretty simple:
just water, cornstarch, food coloring, a bowl and a lot of stirring
made some stupefying slime.
it was almost solid when you squeezed it,
but as soon as you let it go
is oozed away from you like a liquid.
the science behind it:
even though it may look like it,
the cornstarch doesn’t dissolve in the water,
but it is rather suspended and spread out in it.
most liquids flow at consistent, predictable rates. cornstarch slime, however, doesn’t follow the rules of liquids
as stated by Sir Isaac Newton.
the US botanic garden’s “Seasons Greenings” exhibit this past December
brought out the kid in all of us.
there was nothing but oohs and aahs and wide grins
as we watched the model trains moving through fantastical homes and DC’s most famous buildings and monuments all made of plant materials!
not figuratively, but literally.
we learned the history of the CBs or US navy’s construction battalion and how they build bridges.
the big girls worked as part of a team to design and build a bridge,
while the little ones explored tension and compression,
then designed, built and tested their own custom pontoon boats
to withstand the stress and load of little lego pirates.
the wise fool: fables from the islamic world by shahrukh husain
i first encountered nasraddin jooha when i studied arabic in amman, jordan.
on a quick visit to cairo, i found a book on him in the hotel gift shop.
these are tales known all over the muslim world
— india, pakistan, turkey, afghanistan, iran —
but also greece, bulgaria, macedonia, albania, russia and china.
the folk tales of mulla nasruddin
— generally thought to have been a traveling suffi in 13th century turkey —
may have a different name depending on the culture
(like khoja or its variations: hodja, hoja, khawaja)
but the stories seem to transcend culture.
through his playful antics and peculiar ways
we learn wisdom;
explore logic, reason and common sense;
and take lessons in how to make a “point without getting in trouble.”