The morning began with our geography co-op. We learned about the country of Thailand today; the children were particularly intrigued by the little boy we read about in Children Like Me. Suchart is a 12-year-old boy whose mother died when he was very young. He is living in a Buddhist temple, studying to be a monk. His living conditions are, well, foreign to our children who are used to ample square footage. Learning that all boys in Thailand will spend time being trained in a Buddhist temple is another oddity that perplexed them. They aren't used to the idea of anything being "required" in terms of their life choices, and to some extent, that is a good thing.
We also made our flat-people today, and within a month the flat-group will be sent off into the world on a little flat-field-trip. It is amazing to think of the adventures our own children could have if they were able to make a similar journey!
After geography, we rushed off to the library, where Morgan, Jamie, and Danica cast their vote for our nation's President in a mock election. The older two were shocked and almost disgusted that Dani just "picked the top one", instead of knowing what it was she was voting for. I snickered, but my hope is that they will carry this knowledge into adulthood and never make an uninformed vote once they are of legal age to participate in a real election.
Our almost-last stop of the day (of course there was the inevitable payday-run to the grocery store on the way home, but that's nothing unusual) was a scout meeting. I can't tell you how thankful I am that the girls have an organization like American Heritage Girls available to them. Our values system doesn't allow us to support the Girl Scouts at all, so Pete and I were thrilled to learn that there was not one, but several troops in the area for us to choose from. I am loving the group we are with, too!
Our life is a rich one ... but it sure makes a mama tired!