Ritual Confessions

February 25, 2008

Sweet weekend visit

Filed under: Uncategorized — elissakaren @ 7:16 am

My mother was here this weekend, from Friday evening through this morning. It was really great to have her here. She has invested so much time and energy in bonding with Charlotte and there is no doubt that it has been very effective. Even though many weeks go by between visits, Charlotte undeniably knows who she is and adores her. The forecast for these past few days had been dismal, but the weather defied all expectations and was beautiful. We went to a park just inside Vancouver’s city center, which has a fantastic playground; unlike many we’ve been to recently, it has a lot of equipment that Charlotte could use. Baby swings and shallow little slides and stationary “rides” just her size and (her favorite) a sandbox.

Then just across the street is a marvelous library. I’d been there earlier this week, because it was my week to bring library books to Charlotte’s Montessori classroom. (Other voluntary tasks that parents are strenuously encouraged to undertake from time to time are bringing in fresh flowers, providing a dozen hard-boiled brown eggs, and doing the classroom laundry. So far, I’ve contributed everything but the eggs.) The guidelines for the classroom library books discouraged stories that stray from real-life situations. Fantasy characters and talking animals were out, for instance. It was amazing how difficult it was to find books that stayed within these parameters. Anyway, this time I brought Charlotte and my mother, who played in the very lovely children’s section while I checked out books on digital nature photography (the subject of the feature article I need to turn in tomorrow).

After all this, we went to the community pool, which was another crowd-pleaser. All in all, we managed to pack quite a lot of activity into a day and a half. It’s especially nice to realize how I proud I felt of Vancouver. 



  1. It sounds like you have quickly integrated the city into your lives. Definitely sounds like home.

    I can well imagine how difficult it is to find age appropriate books that don’t have fantasy characters, animals, people, or situations! Wow. What a task. What did you find?

    Comment by Corina — February 25, 2008 @ 11:12 am

  2. Wow…no fantasy situations or talking animals??? That’s quite interesting. Do you know the reasoning behind that, I mean other than the obvious?

    I wonder whether kids’ imaginations would naturally create talking animals and fantasy situations without the influence of those factors in children’s books and media. Maybe you’ll find out.:-)

    Comment by davidrochester — February 25, 2008 @ 5:22 pm

  3. I like the idea of keeping it “real” until children are able to tell fact from fiction.

    I does sound like you’ve found home. I’m glad you had a good visit with your mom.

    Comment by Shawn W — February 26, 2008 @ 4:28 am

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