Friday, February 17, 2012

A little bit of everything in just a few days

Where did the week go? OK, the whole week isn’t gone yet, but the work week is practically over, and it went by so fast. I know I spent a fair amount of the first couple of days doing laundry after our trip. I also spent an entire day and then some hours another day working. And then there was Valentine’s Day here, which was a holiday. Not because of love, but to commemorate the assassination of Rafic Hariri in 2005. The boys had two parties that day, and I ended up staying at the Valentine’s party (with Abraham, who had fun playing with his friends), chatting with some friends over a glass of wine, while the older boys went to a birthday party. What mid-week decadence! Then there was all the cleaning, cooking, and toddler care, of course, not to mention that I – since I’ve recovered from my flu – have been back to exercising every day. That kind of thing takes time.

Oh and yes, the boys and I have had an intensive school week, doing special projects – apart from our regular subjects – on the human body and the ancient cultures of Sumer and Egypt. The boys don’t remember everything from our travels in Egypt, but with the help of pictures and stories, I’ve managed to revive their memories enough to make our history lessons quite exciting. 

Our conversation will go something like this:

“William, do you know what the Rosetta stone is?”

“Yes, I do. It’s a stone tablet with Hieroglyphic and Ancient Greek writing on it from the Ptolemaic era. Thanks to it, we now know how to read Hieroglyphs.”

“Do you remember the place where the stone was found?”


“You’ve been there. It’s in Rashid, near Alexandria in Egypt. Here is a picture of August leaning on the replica of the Rosetta stone in the exact spot it was found.”

1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness I'm so thankful you posted this! I can't tell you how many times I refer to some amazing trip we've been on or place we've visited and the kids have a blank look on their faces! So nice to know I'm not alone. That said, sometimes they pull out a tidbit that I have no memory of, so I suppose I shouldn't complain. ; )