1-24 The First Twenty-Four
25-48 The Second Twenty-Four
49-72 The Third Twenty-Four
73-96 The Fourth Twenty-Four
97-120 The Fifth Twenty-Four
121-144 The Sixth Twenty-Four
145-on The Seventh Twenty-Four
97 A Family Visit, part 2
98 Wunderkammer XI
99 Wunderkammer XII
100 Ponogram Index
101 Michigan Outlines
102 Hawaiiana 9
103 Kids of Maine - 1
104 Kids of Maine - 2
105 Clarence Sandin
106 Tech House
107 Hawksbill Hatching
108 Facial Recognition
109 Hawaiiana 10
110 Spring in Maine - 1
111 Spring in Maine - 2
112 Wunderkammer XIII
113 Wunderkammer XIV
114 Wunderkammer XV
115 JOVIAL Programming Language
116 "Big Like a Soldier Officer"
117 TV Shows That Never Were - 1
118 Gecko Rejects Moth
119 TV Shows That Never Were - 2
120 The Story of Four
KIDS OF MAINE - 2
A few more pics of the dreamland of Maine, populated by little munchkins who have incredible unique personalities, their parents, their pets, their friends, the woodland creatures, and nature at its best. It was a pleasure to be a part of that place for a short time – I hope these pics at least give you a taste of my experience.
A test for the reader: what season and holiday does this illustrate? The munchkins: Scarlet, Clover, Poppy and three other punkins.
“Did you pee in mama’s shoe?”
If you can read, you have a job.
Courtney told me what they were discussing. It’s really fun to see the kids interact. One minute they were sharing and happy as clams and the next minute they were beating each other with noodles.
Poppy didn’t want to get too close to the old man, but she would sneak in to listen. They didn’t quite understand why I needed those things on my face.
Clover learned the swing mechanics quickly to go “high like Poppy” with or without clothes, indoors or out. It was really difficult to keep clothing on the kids regardless of the temperature.
In the evening, during music time, Scarlet sought the princess dress and went into her dance routine. It was obvious to me that she really feels the music.
With certain exceptions the concept of ownership doesn’t seem to be strong among the kids. Toys, clothing, food, all seem to be fair game most of the time. That princess dress for example, went from twin to twin. A few of Poppy’s things were reserved to her – the clothing of course was too big for the twins and some of the toys were too advanced – e.g. spirograph.
Just before my visit, this swing set was installed to the joy of everyone. Can’t wait to see the carousel, Ferris wheel, and bumper cars that are sure to follow.
Shhh – the word “horse” is in the wind. Goats may be the next step.
It is several weeks since I returned from Maine. Today I saw a pic with snow piled up and packed under the climbing platform to the left of this swing set to form the beginning of a long toboggan slide!
The ladies leave their dressing rooms …
… and perform
The princess dress circulates; Clover likes her pixie tails; Scarlet’s hair is a bit too short yet.
Notice the blue floor mat houses and the red tunnel toy discussed later.
A pleasant walk in the woods
Everyone helps with chores
Had to go to the YMCA playground for a teeter-totter
Poppy joined the big girls for gym
Pono helps the rhythmic instructor
Picture a single great room about 40’ x 50’ with a kitchen in one corner, a huge stairway in the center, bookcases across one entire wall, and windows on the other three. Now imagine a five year old girl hosting a birthday party with about five friends, their parents, their siblings and of course the twins, Courtney, JR, Pono, Patty, and the home dog. This was the event marking Poppy’s 5th birthday.
The main organized activity was a pair of tables dedicated to making Christmas wreaths. Courtney had prepared straw circles as the basis of the wreaths and she cut smallish pine boughs and gathered cranberries for natural color. She also made red ribbons to finish them off.
Funny thing was, the wreath making attracted mostly the mothers with “help” by the daughters. Scarlet and I made one later in the day. When it was finished, Scarlet picked off all the cranberries, chewed them up, and spit out the pieces.
As you can imagine, a home with a 5 yo and twin 2 yo’s has a bunch of toys and they were all available. Toys to pull, push, ride on or hug, toys to challenge the intellect, puzzles, books, etc. A cloth “tunnel” about 8’ long and maybe 20” diameter was very popular with one or two kids inside and a bigger kid pulling it round and round the big stairway. The stairway itself sports two swings and they were occupied regularly. Other attractions were floor pads used for exercise, but also for the construction of houses, jails, castles, fences, and whatever else kids imaginations conjured. Courtney and Pierce set up a restaurant with the pads around the legs of the pizza table.
Pizza was made available and consumed as the spirit moved people. The adults circulated and tried to stay out of the way. The kids pretty much did what they chose. The only break in the chaos was for Happy Birthday Poppy and the cake. Poppy then opened presents while the chaos resumed around her. As they say, “A good time was had by all!”