* Last night we had our annual neighborhood Christmas gathering. It was such fun and reminded me again how darn lucky we are to live by good people. It's a rare thing how 4 couples from every decade of life from 20's through 60's (or is it 70's?) can get together and enjoy one another to the extent we do. No one is obnoxious. No one drinks too much. No one gets volatile about politics or religion. And the laughter makes my cheeks hurt. Thus endeth the holiday season for us.
* A sign that your kid watches Sid the Science Kid on PBS with regularity: At breakfast Mr. G says, "Mom, I have a hypopothesis (sic). If I go like this with the markers, they'll make this noise."
* Mr. B brought home a hard boiled egg yesterday. They're studying penguins and each child was charged to watch over their egg and keep it safe. It traveled back to 1st grade this morning uncracked and smelling faintly of lemon because Mr. B used scented markers to color it bright yellow.
* Our last Happyland PTA meeting was fabulous--it's terrific to watch new parents speak up, suggest new ideas, and volunteer. It's even better to immediately implement their ideas--I hope they feel empowered. I want them to. I remember my first PTA meeting 7 years ago and feeling they'd done things a certain way for so long, there was no point in suggesting anything new. How things have shaken up in 7 years since then!
* I enjoyed yesterday's comments--I've shied away from "controversial subjects" (like dietary supplements!) but I don't know why--the discourse in the blogosphere on these matters is so civil, with everyone respecting other viewpoints while freely stating their own. AM talk radio and Congress should totally take a page from our book, don't you think?
* I heard on NPR the other morning that Greek democracy included citizen government. People were randomly selected to serve 1 year terms as government leaders, kind of like how we do jury duty today. Granted, this "democracy" didn't involve everyone living in Greece, but the idea bears consideration...if our legislature was randomly appointed, all people would share an equal stake in how things are run AND we'd get rid of career politicians and the lobby money that buys votes. If I knew I might be in office next year, I'd be more patient with my neighbor currently holding the representative spot, but I'd also be more invested as a citizen in the decision-making process. This whole model of citizen democracy fascinates me.
* Because anyone reading to the end of such drivel today deserves some reward, I offer you this: