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1. Our kindergartener sat down and decided to write something in English and Spanish. 2. The next day, her older brother decides to needle her a little; our daughter reads it, gets all upset. 3. The next morning, she gets up before all of us, and composes her response.
It's officially a COLD WAR.
1. "A., the greatest queen. And no going to my castle, OK? And my castle is beautiful"
2. "Dear A., So sorry, but I have ice powers and you don't, so I am queen Elsa and you are princess Elsa. I am so sorry. From now on I have your Elsa dress, crown and wand. So sorry. I am also sorry because I get all your Elsa stuff and books. So sorry. I am also sorry because I get your home too. I know you are joking. And I have a castle. So I am Elsa. Your friend, L."
3. "Dear L., I'm sorry to upset you but I know that you are joking but do you realize that I'm queen Elsa? But I have Elsa's powers, it is invisible and you are so not, and for now on I am still keeping my Elsa things."
My little daughter surprised me by wanting to read this little book to me, in Spanish:
As a parent trying to teach my daughter Spanish in an English-dominant environment, it most often sounds like I'm the only crazy person speaking in an alien tongue. Everyone in my kids' lives (other than their teachers in school) speak to them in English, and my kids have complained that "daddy should speak English at home, because everyone else does."
It has often been discouraging (see crazy person/alien tongue reference, above.) Despite it all, tiny little moments have helped me keep going: seeing my son have a brief, 10 second conversation in Spanish with my parents; hearing my kids suddenly point out random objects and use the Spanish term; and this video.
I just have to remember that it's a marathon of a process, and not a sprint, and that sometimes being the crazy person speaking in an alien tongue will pay off. Eventually.
It was a whirwind 12 days, but somehow we managed to see all of the family in Oregon, take a day trip to the coast and ride a steam train, and fly off to San Francisco to catch up with our good friends and visit our old haunts. We didn't take as many photos as we should have, as we were just plain enjoying ourselves and the moment too much. And yes, we were tempted to move back to San Francisco, kids and all.
In lieu of the backlogged posts, summer trip photos, and back-to-school stories, I will instead devote this quarter's blog post to the awesome bamboo structure that's being constructed on top of the Met in New York. It's a temporary installation (until October 21st) built by the Starn brothers, and quite an amazing ad-hoc art piece.
NOTE: The following photos were taken by an amazing designer and my good friend, Terri. Check out more of her graphic design and writing when you get a chance at: http://www.terrifalvey.com !
The best part about the installation is that one can actually WALK inside it (groups of 15 at a time, gotta sign up and get a time slot early.) The artists are there every day with their crew, adding to the piece until October 21st, when it's time to take it down. Being able to view this thing from my office window, I had been trying to motivate myself to go before the exhibit ends and, luckily, a work activity took us there.
All I can say is, the details and moments within the spaces are amazing. The Starn twins hired 15 non-builders, on purpose, so that there were no pre-conceptions of design and construction. Orthogonality was something the explicitly tried to break from, and the organic form of the piece reflects their intentions well.
Here are a few more details from the piece.
Stairs where the tour groups get to experience the installation from within:
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