Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Walking home


On Monday afternoon the kids and I walked the four blocks to our local library to pick out books about eels for Jimmy's science lesson this week. I also checked out a few volumes of poetry: Sherman Alexie's The Business of Fancy Dancing and One Stick Song, along with Vertabrae by Sam Green and the collected works of Robert Frost—because I'm gearing up for National Poetry Month, including the psychotic, self-inflicted frenzy that is NaPoWriMo, and I'm gonna need all the inspiration I can get.

Then we were off to the local party store (two blocks from the library)—because I'm also gearing up for Jimmy's birthday party a week from Saturday. Six. Years. Old. Where did those years go?

I timed our excursion carefully so we would finish shopping shortly before 5:00, and after purchasing Spiderman plates and invitations and then making a brief unscheduled stop at the Dollar Store ("No, Jimmy, I don't have any quarters"), we headed over to city hall (four and a half blocks) to surprise Jim when he got off work. As soon as she saw her dad, Audrey wanted out of the stroller, and he carried her most of his four-block commute, until we reached the final block before home.

3 comments:

Holly said...

Oh, I'm so glad you're reading Alexie. His poetry is truly amazing. I don't know many contemporary writers who can use form as well as he can -- it's a real pleasure! He's got a third collection coming out this summer, I think...

aubrey said...

i will have to check out that poet. thanks for the recommendation!

also..i'm curious about what kind of curriculum or format you use for homeschooling jimmy. can you email/facebook me? i would love it!

chckkysmile said...

It's cute how Jimmy's shoelace is dragging...
hehehehe.
Also, AUDREY.
Her hair is getting long!!