Out in the world this week was a real doozy. We had elections for the senate seats in Georgia, insurgents took the Capitol building, Congress decided to stop fighting Biden as our next president and now there is talk of impeaching Trump in the final days before the end of his term. Oh yeah, and yesterday there were over 300,000 new cases of covid-19 in the U.S.
At home, in our Oakland apartment Emma Clover has decided to take on a number of difficult tasks from cracking nuts, to making pancakes on her own and doing multiplication problems. She is trying them out and mastering them all at once. In addition to new endeavors she still volunteers at the bonsai garden, tells brilliant original stories and reads aloud chapter books with her own voices. It is amazing to witness child and human development and I am proud to see so much growth at a very insecure time in the world.
Making a multiplication chart. It ended at 14!
Illustrating the balloon seller chapter of Mary Poppins Comes Back.
This is her version of the hanging gardens of Babylon. ^_^
Emma gave me a haircut on new years day and we ate cake. Picture by maiki shows our new blue cups filled with milky coffee (herbal tea for Em).
Feeling nostalgic lately, as evidence from my many then and now posts. I just cannot get over how grown up she is.
In the last year I chose all different kinds of books to read. I found that the material needed to be lighter and each book had to be worth the emotional energy to be finished. This time I also included chapter books Emma and I read together. Every night ended with maiki reading aloud to us and it was the most memorable part of 2020. He read all of the Moomin books, both Children of Noisy Village, three from Betsy Tacy collection and now working through the books of Mary Poppins. Listening to him read aloud is like attending a theatrical production of our favorite stories.
Book List :
The Empty House
I Capture the Castle
The Hazel Wood
Miss Happiness and Miss Flower
The Summer Book
Secret of the Old Clock
The Van Gogh Cafe
Crazy Rich Asians trilogy
Grand Union: Stories
The Night Circus
When We Were Young and Brave
The Family Under the Bridge
The Starless Sea
How to Do Nothing
My favorites by far were written by Erin Morgenstern. I guess I should be choosing more fantasy novels!