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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Principles

I don't know how to write about this.

I didn't know how to explain it yesterday.

But Maeve and I were discussing religion, and she wanted to know what we Unitarian Universalists believe, so I was giving her the rundown on the Seven Principles which the kids are taught in a simple song. I went through each one, explaining it, seeing what Maeve thought about each of the ideas.

I got to "Work for a peaceful world" and she didn't understand what that meant.

So I tried to explain all the ways I, personally, and our church work for peace in the world. 

Which led me to our work with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Which got me started explaining, briefly, the history of racism in this country and its effects today.

Which had me trying to explain who is it that thinks that black lives do not matter.

And all of a sudden I realize, how do I tell her that police are both the people she should find when she needs help, and a force that has so often taken the lives of innocent (or at least not found guilty by a jury) black citizens.

I don't know that she's old enough for that conversation.

I'm not sure that I am, either.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Our England Trip - Goats and Sheep

Foxgloves! Maeve pointed out they should be called Mourning-Dove-Gloves, since they're too small for foxes.

Grandma Nancy and the Billy

Unsuspecting sheep

Billy attempts to head butt his way out of a gate

Maeve feeds the Billy some grass

Billy believes in head butting

Our England Trip - the River

We took a paddleboat up the river from Runnymeade  
Some of us were excited to get started

Messing about in boats

Here we go!

Beautiful homes along the river

And beautiful houseboats!

She loved being on the boat - a natural

Teasing Grandpa

Unimpressed by royalty

Playing in the field with Grandma. To my great relief, she didn't notice the bouncy castle in the distance.

Two fancy gals

After the river? Pizza. Happy gals.

At the end of the day she still had energy for bubbles

Our England Trip - Day 2

Jumping in puddles at the garden store

Good thing we brought wellies!

Grandma Nancy asked us to pick out flowers for her planter.

Turned out pretty!

Sweetness

Maeve took a picture of her bed at Grandma and Grandpa's house

Our England Trip - Day 1

Day 1: The flight over, and feeding the chickens
Eating her McDonalds at the airport

She took a pic of me eating my Panda Express

So excited for takeoff!!!

Once we got to England, Maeve immediately explored everything. Including the shed.

Goofy pic of Grandpa

Visiting the chickens!

Maeve touched the chicken - much braver than I.