It’s Autumn, and the weather has finally started turning chilly. This makes me so happy! I’ve put the flannel sheets on the beds, pulled out my favorite sweaters and started making the boys hot cocoa with breakfast. We have put the box fans back in the garage, and brought in the space heaters, to Zuzu’s delight!
With cold temps comes an excuse for ignoring the garden chores, and more time for indoor pleasures. In the evenings and on Sunday afternoons, John cheers on his favorite football team and I struggle slowly on my new skill, knitting. After 19 years it’s nice to relax in the knowledge that we don’t always have to share similar interests. Happiness is just to be near each other and to offer comfort when a quarterback drops the ball, or the needles drop the stitch.
Another area of weekly creativity? Is in creating my favorite meal…soup. Tossing in herbs, whatever veggies are in the crisper, some hearty beef and lots of garlic-simmering all day-hmmm. That is fall! There is nothing better than a hearty bowl of soup, sopped up with some crusty bread. So far, it isn’t met with delight by anyone else in this house, the men all seem to like their food “unmixed”, (no casseroles, EVER) Caleb was relieved to hear there was barley in it and started pleading “I’m allergic, remember?! Barleys in the wheat family! Right?! Right!? I can’t have it?! Please!?”
Sheesh. fine-more for me. (It even makes a good breakfast, you may be surprised to know)
These kids are more Johns, than mine, right now. At 14, 12 and 10 they love Star Trek, video games and Cheetos Puffs. But mark my words!! Some day, perhaps not until they are grown men, but someday, they will find themselves appreciating classical music, poetry, and a big bowl of soup. The battle has just begun and I am a fighter.
Another area of creativity…
Josiah has started on a 3D puzzle and during school Read-alouds he is diligently creating a Castle. By the time we get to Medieval Times we’ll have a lovely model!
We are learning how students in ancient Roman times would study using a wax tablet and wood stylus, instead of paper and pencil. We made a flat cardboard frame, filled it with modeling clay and added a front cover with cardboard (duct tape-1,001 uses, including book hinge) The boys really liked this craft and have been “writing” in them all day! Caleb wanted to title his “Caesar’s Ancient Book” on the front, in order to “trick people!”
I found this great online dictionary, so he could print it out in authentic Latin. We had so much fun converting various words, I know we’ll be back there often!
Sam, writing in his book. The craft called for wooden chopsticks to use as a stylus but we only had wooden skewers. The boys just press a little lighter, and “erase” the writing by pressing sideways with their thumbs.
When you are reading the Sunday paper and get inflamed and start discussing politics with your spouse, be careful. The kids ARE listening, even if you think your opinions and theories aren’t interesting to their world, and even if they never look up from their comics page. They are absorbing your views, like sponges. Proof? It’s here in this LEGO creation Caleb brought to me today. I wasn’t aware he even knew the vice presidents name.
“Look Mom! I made Joe Biden!
See, he’s got the Grim Reapers scythe and he’s grabbing all the money!”
(This is sweet Sammy, trying to make a “Mad Scientist” face for the camera!)
Sam is still loving his “The Dangerous Book for Boys” that he was given two years ago. Yesterday he asked for Alum, so he could build crystals. We picked some up at the grocery store and his Dad helped him start the experiment and it’s growing wonderfully already, in our entryway. If you come over-and really, this is good advice for ANY visit-no matter how thirsty you are, or how I neglect you as a hostess? Please don’t drink anything you find in the windowsills. Not matter how lovely a color it may be!