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Volcanoes over roses

Our weekend was a bright, a truly bright, moment in an otherwise dull month. But rainy days have their own moments of splendor. Every time we drive into the city we go by these beautiful farm fields that, in the spring, are a bright emerald green, and they are never so bright as on a dismally rainy day. They make me think of Ireland, and long to visit distant shores. We actually stopped today and rolled down the window to grab a couple of shots and to breath in the sweet spring air.

I guess that is a little like stopping to smell the roses, but to me the fresh smell of the dawning of a new season is ever so much more enjoyable than an over-perfumed rose. There are a great many things deemed beautiful by the world at large—things that we are told we must experience by people who must know—but things overlooked far outnumber those that are worshipped, and who is to say what you or I will find the most beautiful. Certainly not those people who are in the know.

I mention to Calvin, while on our way home after the quick photo stop, that those fields are what I imagine Ireland might look a little like. Oh, he says, and I can tell that his mind is somewhere other than on Eire. I am right. His mind is on Iceland, and has been for a few days now. He wants to know more about volcanoes. When he started reading that dinosaur story last week I prepared books for the questions I was sure to be coming—questions about dinosaurs, of course. But Calvin is not overly interested in dinosaurs at this moment, it's volcanoes and tectonic plates that fill his mind day and night. And while it is widely assumed that children, especially boys, will succumb to a love affair with dinosaurs at an early age, volcanoes live in the shadow of their cretaceous co-habitants, at least as far as information for kids goes. But the information is out there if you leave the world of pop-culture and explore a little. We watched the National Geographic video on volcanoes for a third time tonight (thank you Netflix streaming), we have a handful of books from the library, and I've got some Bill Nye queued up on You-Tube for tomorrow.

Dinosaurs, like roses, are not favorites for all of us. We'll get to dinosaurs eventually, at least to some extent, and when we do Calvin will apparently already know all about volcanoes. I think if I offered the child a choice between a trip to Disney World and a trip to Iceland that he would joyfully pick the latter. I am good with that. Disney World is too crowded anyhow.

As you can tell, my injured hand has much improved, plus I have nearly mastered the art of typing with only two fingers on the right hand. I suspect that I will have to re-learn proper typing technique in a couple of weeks here.

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Reader Comments (2)

Hi, Cortney! I'm not sure if you remember me from the scrapbooking board on babycenter, but I bookmarked your blog way back when. I'm homeschooling my own 4 year old, Patrick, and have been enjoying following your and Calvin's journey. Patrick's been obsessed with volcanoes as well and we'll be checking out the NG video on Netflix too - thanks for the recommendation! Were there any particular books on volcanoes you've enjoyed more than others? Thanks! (and keep up the good work!) :)
April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret
Hi, Margaret! It's good to see you here! So far we picked up two DK books from the library—the DK Inside Guide: Incredible Earth, and the DK Eyewitness Book: Volcano & Earthquake, but in I'm not a big fan of DK. We also have the Usborne Level 2 Volcanoes book and a book called Earth-Shaking Science Projects About Planet Earth, by Robert Gardner. We've been using a couple of older National Geographics we had on hand, and our atlas and encyclopedia, and that's it. I'm thinking about getting him the Magic Tree House book about Pompeii, but it seems to be more about ancient life than about the volcano, and he has the Magic School Bus chapter book about volcanoes but hasn't explored it yet.
I hope that helps! I'll post a comprehensive list on Live and Learn when we finish up.
April 29, 2011 | Registered Commentercortneyandjon

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