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Friday, January 22, 2016

Don't Mind Me, I Am Just Busy

I have been busy finishing up a writing project that will wrap up in about a week.  I am having a lot of fun, but I will be honest, I am starting to get pretty nervous about the outcome.  I will explain more when it is all over.

But, it is sort of making me feel like a teenage girl again.

All the bad parts of being a teenage girl.

For now, just some random stuff from our week.  I went to upload pictures onto the computer and found, like 10 of these puppies.

My 6 year old knows how to take selfies.  Grrrr.....

And a few of these....

Yes, she is cute, but I was sort of hoping to wait on that obsession until she was much, much older.

Moving on....

I was at the doctor's office last week getting more blood work done to check my thyroid and calcium numbers.  As I was sitting there, the phlebotomist and I started talking about homeschooling vs. the kind of school my high schoolers are doing.  We ended up talking about breaks and days off.

I said, "Yeah, my big kids are off next Monday for something.  I don't know what.  But, we are still going to do school at home that day."

She said, "That would be Martin Luther King, Jr. Day."


I spent the weekend wondering if I came across as racist, or just stupid.  Hopefully just stupid.

So, yes, we did still have school on Monday, but we talked about Martin Luther King, Jr. and I printed off some worksheets for the kids to work on.  They were like math coloring pages that had a little cartoon Martin standing at a podium with the words I Have A Dream on them.  On the top of the page it said MLK Coloring Pages.

At one point during the coloring, S-girl said to me. "What is MLK?"

I said, "He was a person.  That is Martin Luther King, Jr."

She said, "Oh.  (pause)  Who is he?"

Oops, again.

I think I sometimes forget what I have taught to the older kids, versus the younger kids.  In some cases, I have taught the little kids more things, or taught things earlier than their older siblings.  In other cases, I forget that I haven't taught the littles things like, who was Martin Luther King, Jr. and why is he important.

When they finished coloring I had them go look up I Have A Dream and watch it.

When they were done watching we had a good little talk about skin color and how people used to think it mattered. (Yes, I know that some people still do, but that is a post for another day)

It was sort of wonderful to see how shocked their faces were when I told them how people used to be treated differently...had to use separate bathrooms....or drinking fountains....or even different entrances.

To them, people are just, people and it was just completely crazy to them that just because someone had brown skin or black skin that they shouldn't be able to do things like people with beige skin.

Back to finding random things on my is a shot of S-girl that absolutely makes me smile.

And, ugg, speaking of teenage pretty is L-girl?!?!?

(Hmmm, I think I have found the culprit who taught V-girl the art of the selfie.....)