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Sidewalk Chalk Art Series: Haunted House

April 2, 2009

Haunted House: From the Sidewalk Chalk Art SeriesSpring has finally sprung here in New England. Booh broke out her sidewalk chalk and drew this haunted house. I’m amazed to see how much her sidewalk drawings have evolved since the snow first fell in December.

She was concerned that the rain would wash her art away, so we agreed that I would take a photo of her masterpieces so we could keep them forever.

Here’s her first work of sidewalk chalk art of the season, titled “Haunted House.” It has eyes and fangs and even bat wings (which I unfortunately cut off in this picture).

She has recently been drawing a lot of “scary” characters.  At first I wasn’t sure what to make of them nor if I liked them.  Then she explained that they are scary so they will scare away the scary monsters.  Brilliant!  I now love her gargoyles!

The Making of an Environmental Activist

February 15, 2009

When I Grow Up ...

Booh came home with this homework sheet, “What would be your dream job when you are an adult?” for vocational week at her school. Her answer, “I want to be an environmental activist.”

Right now she wants to save the ants that are coming back with the winter thaw at her school  She’s rallied her classmates and teachers together to support her “cause'” and for the second year in a row she and her classmates have  created posters saying, “Dot step on the awntss!  Woch awcht! ” (Read: “Don’t step on the ants!  Watch out!)  They’ve posted these signs throughout the school  This desire to protect the ants comes from her love of insects.  She use to want to be a Bug Doctor.  Makes sense that now she wants to be an environmental activist.

How does she know about environmental activism? She knows from stories I’ve shared about work I’ve done as a young environmental activist participating in non-violent civil disobedience.  And I’ve read stories to her about other non-violent peace, social and environmental activists, including Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and  Julia Butterfly Hill.  After learning about Julia Butterfly Hill, she did a sit-in in one of the trees in our front yard to protect it from being cut down.  I had to reassure her that we had no plans on clear-cutting our front yard!