Whenever Liam wants to be included, he says, "I too! I too!" Well ... the big kids are the only ones going to school!
August 2012 entries
Gabrielle met her teacher and had orientation yesterday, and this morning, she went off for her first day of kindergarten! Class of 2025!!
Of course, Big Brother was more than happy to show her around!
When the kids go to bed, Mike and I watch "Criminal Minds." Tonight, Aidan asked me, "Why is it called Criminal Mines? Is it about bad guys who dig for coal?"
I can't say I ever pictured myself riding in the back of a monster truck, but hey! having children does funny things to you. Liam is obsessed with trucks in general and monster trucks in specific. When we learned that the Dodge Raminator team was coming to a local car dealership, we knew we had to take our pint-sized truck enthusiast. He was in absolute heaven. I am fairly sure he will be dreaming about riding in the Raminator for many nights to come!
Going back to school for me also means getting back in the director's chair for our fall play. I love staging classics, and this year is no exception. I have selected The Crucible by Arthur Miller -- his tragedy about the hysteria that swept Salem, Massachusetts during the late 1600s provides a poignant message about witch hunts of all kinds. We teach the play in 11th grade, and I tend to focus on the logical fallacies which drive the decisions of the witch hunters. (Either say you are a witch or die!) Of course, the connection Miller made between Salem and the witch hunt for Communists during the McCarthy Era remains remarkable today. I also ask students in my classroom to find modern examples of witch hunts -- racial profiling, for one.
But this fall, in addition to studying Miller's captivating work of literature, we will make truly come alive on stage. I try to make the fall play as student-run as possible, from student stage managers to student artists. This year, a very talented rising senior designed our play logo, which will be printed on the program, t-shirts, and tickets. She is responsible and dependable -- so much so that she completed her design in July and I had the tickets printed already! They look amazing, and I can't wait to start the process of another play!
We've been biking (Aidan ditched the training wheels this week!) and playing and crabbing and tie-dyeing all week in the Chesapeake Bay. One day it rained, but that doesn't cramp the Connor style! We went to Virginia Beach today and visited some of my childhood friends and are having such a great time! We love summer!
Mike is on the recent cover of the Army Field Band Magazine, from when we coordinated their performance at Central Mountain Middle School, where he teaches music and chorus. Awesome!