Sunday, November 07, 2010

You Never Know

You never know what is going to capture the imagination of your family. Today we spent the morning with me reading aloud from The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements. We have had to start reading during the day (not just before bed) because it is so compelling and interesting and we always need the computer near by to look things up. Yesterday's chapter about "Poisoner's Corridor" and the story of the radioactive Boy Scout had us completely riveted. It led us to this download and this website--complete with requisite crazy, white-haired scientist professor. I think it is just his normal hair though!

In the afternoon Evie and I went to see The Marriage of Figaro. We were in the very highest section of the theater, only one row above us. The seats were perfect and we brought binoculars. It was Evie's first time at the opera. I love opera and Marriage of Figaro is a hilarious, screwball comedy. Evie says she loved it. We laughed, sat on the edges of our seats, rolled our eyes, grabbed each other arm and sank back in our seat, so satisfied by the music. As I predicted to Scott, the audience was comprised of old people and hipsters. I think about 4 kids in the entire theater and maybe 100 of us 30-somethings. Evie wore a gorgeous, flowy scarf/cape Scott's mom had just given her. As we passed two older women one said, behind our backs, "Well, look at that young one! She's the most elegantly dressed here!" Evie beamed, grabbed my hand and said, "It is the whole spectacle of the opera, isn't it!"

We came home, ate dinner and watched the next installment in From the Earth to the Moon . You never know what is going to capture your imagination.

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

sooo much goodness!!
that book looks great (I read some of the reviews)!
i'm not sure Trev is ready for it, but I want to check it out from our library.

and i love opera. :)