"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!"
- Pete Seeger, in YES! Magazine

Monday, January 12, 2009

Temporary Adoption

Today we visited the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Our girls were among 143 homeschooling children from throughout Southern California who converged upon the Annenberg Building for hands-on lessons in electricity. Homeschool families run the gamut from singles with only children to couples with multiple children. No matter how the family's described, every parent needs a hand now and again. Today, we were that helping hand.

The project:
Temporarily adopt one of the older of five children so she could take part in hands-on activities and an IMAX film while her mom watched over the younger children who were not quite ready for either.

2 hours

Why bother?
Every parent needs a hand now and then. Watching well behaved Maisie, who had adopted E & V early on, was an easy way take a bit of the load off her mom, who was busily carrying and tending to an infant, two of Maisie's younger siblings, and her older brother.

Worth it?
The girls made fast friends with this well-behaved little girl. The mom was mightily pleased, and she I swapped e-mail addresses. Hopefully we'll be able to meet up closer to home in the near future.

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