Current job? ~Student. I’m 12 Dream job? ~Anything that makes me enough money to run a Friesian and Lippizaner care centre attached to a vet’s office where my friends can come and ride my horses for free. Not Mummy Favorite food? ~Salad Favorite type of cat? ~Calico Favorite candy? ~Anything sour Favourite ice cream? ~MintContinue reading “Interview with Frances, Aged 12 years, 5 months”
So, we reached a milestone yesterday, but I really think that I should put it in some perspective, give it some context. Frances has had many milestones to reach over the years. You wouldn’t know it unless you had been around us at the time, but there was a point at which we didn’t knowContinue reading “Milestones: the infancy through toddler years”
I’ve mentioned this fact before: when she was two, almost three, Frances would ask me to read to her at bedtime whatever I happened to be reading for myself at that time. Thinking she might fall asleep faster if I read the Aeneid by Virgil — because I, myself, would — I started the epicContinue reading “J. Alfred Proof-rock”
One fascinating aspect of 10-year-old Frances’s personality is that she remembers facts so well and that she shares them kind of…randomly. For example, the following recent conversation was brief but interesting: Frances: The atomic number of copper is 29. Me: Okay, thanks. There was no preceding conversation. We just happened to be passing each otherContinue reading “Periodic update”
I’m glad to see that her recent interest in listening to music on her iPod isn’t interfering with her reading.
I just found this gem of a conversation. Frances had just turned four. Frances: The ugly duckling is really a swan? The swan egg got accidentally into the duck nest? How could that have happened? That doesn’t make any sense…! Me: Uh…
One day, when Frances was about 18 months old, she took hundreds of children’s books off a set of shelves in the living room and stood on top of the haphazard pile to get more. She sometimes lined the entire house with a path of books that encompassed the dining room table and led backContinue reading “When it’s quiet…”
One of the best things we’ve done in the past year or so has been to sign up for an ebook subscription service for the kids. For a monthly charge (pretty minimal), parents can monitor what is being read and even set aside books that they want the kids to read. They also receive aContinue reading “It’s epic…”
While waiting for an appointment on Friday, I glanced down at a magazine to see what Frances happened to be reading: The article is actually a synopsis of sorts of a book of the selfsame title, but, at first glance, I was a little shocked. 🙂 (A teachable moment: I spoke with her about theContinue reading “Some reading material…”
Frances: What have we DONE to this planet?! She has learned a great deal about the earth through her love of documentaries and reading.