Tuesday, March 30, 2010

This Year's Seder Included a Geography Lesson

Poppy broke out Dubbadad's boyhood atlas and showed Ander and Zaza the Red Sea and Egypt and Israel.

As always, the ten plagues were the high point (permission to dip your finger in wine!). Ander read the Four Questions, and when prompted for a question of his own, asked if Elijah gets drunk sipping out of all those cups at all those seders around the world.

Using this haggadah,
and appreciating its speedy-as-need-be 'follow-the-matzoh' format
(allowing for a custom-fit-to-your-attention-span edit of the seder)...

Mostly She Was Excited about the BUS

In the car this morning she crescendo-ed,
"Om...Om...OM! I'm trying to meditate because I'm just SO EXCITED!!!"

As a second-time-around sort of Kindergarten parent, I was not one of the six fresh-faced folks who immediately volunteered to chaperon today's field trip to Whole Foods. Come to think of it, I opted out of this very same field trip -- using toddler 'Za as an excuse -- when Ander's kindergarten class was in the midst of its Food Unit.

Hence I was driven by a weird combination of both fresh and nostalgic guilt to do a little grocery shopping in the very same Whole Foods Zaza's class was visiting this morning -- what a fantastic coincidence! How very handy that I had a sweater for 'Za and my camera along with me!

(I had actually worked it out with the teacher ahead of time -- she was Ander's kindergarten teacher as well -- and had clued Zaza in on the plan yesterday.)

'Za was a bit surprised when I oh-so-casually pushed my grocery trolley right up next to her at the meat counter, and was delightfully delighted as I zig-zagged up and down the aisles, following the class from a distance, popping up behind her every so often.

The Whole Foods school tour guy tried his darnedest to educate the kids about hormones and nitrites (nitrates?) and free-range this and locally-grown that, but I think what they mostly heard was -- a la Gary Larson's Far Side -- "Blah, blah, blah, SAUSAGE SAMPLE, blah, blah, blah, CHEESE SAMPLE, blah, blah, blah, PIZZA, blah, blah, blah, BITE-SIZE BROWNIE."

While the other two kindergarten classes made their way through the market, our class took over an outside patio for an impromptu story time: one of our very favorite read-alouds, featuring a very tasty and doubtlessly nitrite/nitrate-riddled hot dog.

Monday, March 29, 2010

The Return of Tea-Time

but for the fact that Zaza thinks
that the Buddha wind chimes sound like either
(a) people dying, or (b) a graveyard.

To wet their whistles (between bites of semi-local strawberries and Trader Joe's InsideOut Carrot Cake Cookies):

  • Tazo Caffeine Free Herbal 'Passion' Tea with hibiscus, lemongrass, rose hips, mango and passion fruit (Ander's)
  • Celestial Seasonings Caffeine Free Herbal 'Honey Vanilla Chamomile' Tea (Zaza's)

(I know, I know: "When I say, "Herbal?" you say "No, thanks!" )

We used to do this semi-regularly -- back when Ander was in preschool or kindergarten, when Zaza was wee, back when there were no after-school classes or lessons. I would sometimes spend a good part of the too-short-but-too-long time between drop-off and pick-up pushing Zaza's stroller around the Farmer's Market, in search of special tea-time treats: giant black and white cookies, miniature pies from Du-Par's, blocks of marble Halvah, currants and star fruit, 'proper' English tea biscuits...

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010

In 3D: ZAlice, Two Hatters, and One Cat (More Perturbed than Cheshire)

Oh how I love the muchness of the El Capitan, with its Wurlitzer player, and movie-specific decor (giant mushrooms and roses-with-faces in the box seats!), and confetti cannons (red and white paper petals!), and props and costumes (three sizes of Drink Me bottles! the Vorpal Sword!) to ogle in the basement.

Za only climbed into my lap during the chase scenes. She now says her name is actually Alice, and that she is actually from another world called Jasmania. She actually has blond hair, but she actually dyes it brown when she is in our world.

Ander was still listing favorite characters and motifs and reciting bits of "Jabberwocky" as I tucked him in.