Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Dragon Stores and Women

I let the kindergartners play picture bingo yesterday, because they behaved so well for their lesson. Sam reminded me of the Muppet character "Animal" when he shouted out (as I was handing out the boards, which have pictures and words on them), "Woman! Woman! I want a woman!" (He wanted a board that had the word 'woman' on it - could we have a future playboy in our midst?)

Earlier in the lesson, we were practicing the sentence "I went to the ________." I pointed to the picture of the drugstore and asked Eddy, "Eddy, where did you go yesterday?" Eddy replied, "I went to the dragon store!"

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"