*Thursday mornings Jonathan has a math class (because I realized my limitations last year, LOL). I take him over to my friend Jenny's house at 8:05, and she drives him (such a blessing!), her 2 kids, and 2 other kids, over to Sara's house for the class (which Jonathan absolutely loves). This morning Jonathan came downstairs complaining of having had a terrible night sleep and saying he would definitely take a nap later on today, if he could just stay awake through math class. After the class he stays at Sara's house for 2 more hours while Jenny's daughter has his class, and then Jenny brings him back to her house around 1:00, which means I can get an uninterrupted morning of school done with the girls (well, as uninterrupted as a morning can be with Micah, Drew, and Verity still around). So Jonathan and I were discussing what work he would take, and he said something about finishing reading "Beowulf", among other things. After I dropped him off and came back home, I noticed that Caleb was reading what I assumed was our copy of "Beowulf", so then I wondered if someone else in Rivendell might have left their copy here. When I picked up Jonathan, and we got home, he said he had indeed finished "Beowulf". I asked him who might have left their copy here, since we had this other copy. He looked at it with a very puzzled look--"That looks like our copy" [which I had bought used off amazon and definitely has some distinctive markings]. So then he started hunting through his backpack, but he couldn't find the book. He looked out in the van, but it wasn't there either. We were both really stumped. Then Jonathan eventually came over to me, all excited, and said, "OH! I remember what happened now! I actually finished reading it really early in the morning when I couldn't sleep, but I forgot about that this morning. And I fell asleep on the couch at Mrs. J's house, and I dreamed about reading the ending, where Beowulf kills this dragon with bees, but I thought I was really reading it!" Ooookay. Hopefully he'll get a good night's sleep tonight, LOL.
*Yesterday I had my teeth cleaned. The hygienist is a really sweet girl, and we usually talk about the kids, homeschooling, etc. Yesterday she mentioned she had gotten married 2 months ago, so I asked how they had met. It was an arranged marriage! She had gone back to Bangladesh with her family this summer to visit relatives there. Her uncle owns a business that is in the same building as this guy who is a good friend of his. The uncle mentioned to the friend that his family was visiting, and that they were looking for a groom. The man said his younger brother happened to be visiting as well and would be a good groom for her (a girl he had never met)! So the next night, the friend's family came over with the younger brother, and the hygienist was asked to say hi, which she did for about 3 minutes. The next night the 2 sets of parents met for dinner and settled on a wedding date. Wedding invitations went out starting the next day, and the wedding shopping began. Two weeks later, they were married. The first time they actually spoke to each other was on their wedding night! Wow! I asked her how it had turned out, and she said great! She said she couldn't have picked a better match for herself if she had tried. The only problem is that her husband, who is a computer engineer from New York, had already agreed to go on a 2-year assignment with his company to Australia, seeing as how he had no plans for you know, getting married or anything in the near future, LOL. So he left a few weeks ago, but he's only going to stay a few months. Still--what a fascinating story!
*Several days ago, I was doing stuff on the computer with our pictures from Colorado when Faith came up and launched into a completely random conversation.
Faith: "So you're telling me that Nathan is going to college to learn how to be a dad?"
Me: "Ummm, no?? What in the world? He's going to college to be able to get a job later and support himself, and then hopefully support a wife and family."
Faith: "Oh. So where do you learn how to be a mom or dad?"
Me: "Well, not in college. You pray and ask God to lead you. You watch other people and ask them questions, like we asked Grandma and Grandpa, and the L's. You aren't taught it anywhere." (Although that is a shame, LOL.)
Faith: "Oh. Well, then--where do you learn how to do THIS?" [big dramatic finger-point to the computer screen]
Me: "Umm . . . do what?"
Faith: "Learn to put PICTURES from your PHONE to the COMPUTER."
I think Faith might be disappointed when she discovers college is not quite as practical as she is thinking it is.