Today, it is specifically the younger child - Miss Hurricane.
Thursday, January 13, we were having dinner. Dinner usually brings a mini-lesson in history from Ardeo, since it's his favorite subject (and one in which he holds a degree!); this is just days before the kids will be out of school for Martin Luther King Day, and they both have heard bits and pieces in school years past.
Ardeo and I were talking about First Lady Michelle Obama. Specifically, that she is the daughter of two black people, and her husband is biracial - literally born to a black African and a white American. Just so the kids understand that the term 'African-American' would fit the President moreso than his wife - see, we sneaked in a little etymology too! (Come have dinner with us sometime, you'll always learn something! LOL) Anyway - we were talking about MLK and his beliefs and the things he was working to change before his death. I don't remember the conversation verbatim because I was *totally* thrown off by Miss Hurricane's early interjection:
"OH MOM! Did you know, there are GHOSTS in the WHITE HOUSE?!"
After which she began to tell us alllll about the ghosts, and she'd read about them in a book at school (Ghosts of the White House by Cheryl Harness), and she wondered aloud if Mrs. Obama had ever *seen* the ghosts, and "do you think she's afraid of them? Because Dolly Madison gets MAD if you try to take her roses!"
I think I had a mouth full of food, so it was all I could do to NOT laugh. She was so.intensely.serious. about it all! But, if you click through the links above, you'll see that she was right. So, a few minutes later, she asked if she could write a letter to Mrs. Obama; "of course you can, after dinner", since I knew we have two stamps left. (=
I don't have a scanner, but I do have a camera. Here's her (unsent) letter - we just HAVE to keep this one for the scrapbook:
(I did the best I could, but there's still a glare. Here it is, with all the grammar and spelling mistakes left in - they're too funny to edit and you are smart enough to figure them out!)
"Dear Mrs. Oobama, Jan.13, 2011
Did you know that the Wighthouse is HANTED!?!? It is by Lincon and Dolly (,Witch are the) (only gohsts I know) (are there). When a women saw Lincon, she fainted! If you take out 1 rosebush, Dolly get mad and I mean MAD!!!
Do not take a rose Try to act as calm as you can if you see Lincon.
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I fell over laughing so many times just looking at it - but even better is the back side! Look:
Oh mercy, that ghost drawing...
and how "MAD!!!" Dolley Madison gets if you take just *1* rose...
This kid is comedy gold, like her father.
Ahem. It is now time to meet her at the bus stop. I have been working on this since 11:30 while I was eating lunch. Since I finished eating, it's been a battle of laughing quietly at the note in front of me while Ardeo was on the phone with Microsoft for over an hour (it was about the XBox, and they are still douchebags.) - I was literally in tears a couple times. All good now, and just in time! Have a great week peeps!
Love and Light,