day 119: decolonize parenting

I heard Claudia’s alarm go off early this morning and figured it was an accident, but got up to see how she was. She was up and fixing her hair, lights on. “Mythology Club,” she said, when I looked confused. I love that she is taking such initiative with her life. Seeing their desires begin…

day 118

It’s weird — they don’t have any trouble writing it (Béla has a little trouble, but he’s also been learning hangul, which is really dependent on stroke order) but neither of them reads it very well — nor do they write it unless prompted (their casual writing has not switched to cursive). Maybe this will…

day 117.

Monster. Anyone who wants to “get away” this summer should keep their death wishes to themselves; they’ll be far, far away soon enough. The entire globe pities us, all because of what they’ve known all along what would destroy America: stupidity, narcissism, and some people’s belief that they can do whatever they want.

my name is delphi (day 116)

Claudia cheerfully brought me this new song on her phone this morning. I was pretty amazed.  I immediately sent it to a family friend: Claude had three different back-to-back online classes/activities today; Béla had two. Their books from Amazon came; Béla is excited about his (he is harder to choose books for) and I’m sure…

day 115: monday?

Well! It’s the Monday after Independence Day and national news stories are starting to mention state closures again due to the rampant spread (and increasing ease of contagion) of COVID-19. But, like I’d expected, everybody wanted their states’ economy open for that holiday weekend. Super Saturday has England holding it’s breath. In Philly, the owner…

day 114: amazon is selling books again

It’s always a little work to find books for Béla but since Amazon went to essentials only and libraries were closed, Claudia has not been reading — and that’s never happened! She did read the novel Circe and did not seem overly impressed, and other than that she has been rereading her own writing, which…

day 113, the fourth of july

I’ve never heard Claudia laugh harder than when I told her Kanye West had announced he was running for President. (And was a little surprised that, if Claudia knew who Kanye was, why Béla didn’t.) No sparklers at the Acme and the kids said they didn’t really care. These were the only lights we saw…

day 112

Wow. Claudia was dressed and downstairs cackling with laughter with her Outschool Mythology Club this morning, and Béla bathed the dog in the yard. It’s their friend’s birthday, and he’s doing as much quarantining as we are (as everybody should be), so in the afternoon the kids played D&D together online for three hours. In…

111.

This is going to be a fun weekend. Did a cat ever love her children so much? She is a magical being. Sometimes we have these days where no one raises their voice. When there is a disagreement, the clear priority (for them!) is compromise. After literally years of outright war over splitting the dishes,…

day 110

I almost forgot. This afternoon they both took a class in creating different types of dragons from various cultures’ dragon lore, and improvising. Also, we received from the Royal Mail, a collector’s packet of the new Roman Britain stamps, along with a set of postcards. Up Claudia’s alley for sure. I spent quite a bit…

day 109

Oh suddenly NOW you want to look at maps. What’s funny is that July 1st is the date that the school district lets you start counting hours for the upcoming homeschool year and it’s past midnight and they won’t put the atlases away. These rolls of tape are getting a ton of traction still. High…