Noisy Coats, Tommy Lee Jones, and Short Abe Lincoln

In honor of President’s Day, I spent the morning with Mr. Obama, as you can see from my picture.

James Monroe was there, too. I love the play of shadows on him. He was a real trooper and stood still for me for the longest time until I got the shot I wanted. Thanks, Mr. Monroe!

There were other happy, happy presidents there, too. Look at how happy they are! I’m not sure how Tommy Lee Jones managed to get in the picture. You know how he is–always has to be the center of attention. What’d you say? That’s Nixon!? I never knew Nixon went into acting after he resigned. Wow, learn something new every day, huh?

Speaking of learning something new, in this picture Boy9 is measuring himself to see how tall he is in comparison to the shortest president (Madison) and the tallest president (Lincoln.) Boy9 didn’t want to smile for the camera until I threatened to tell him knock-knock jokes until he did. Thankfully I only got to “Knock, knock” before he smiled, which is good because I only know one knock-knock joke. (To Do List: Memorize elephant jokes.)

I never did say what the “speaking of learning something new” new thing was. If you can see the numbers in the picture above Boy9’s head, Abraham Lincoln was 6’4. What?! I thought he was at least 7’3. What a disillusionment. I wish I’d never learned that piece of information. I prefer to think of Abraham Lincoln as being a good 7’3 with knobby wrists, looking like the guy in A Nightmare Before Christmas.

We were at the Gettysburg Hall of Presidents with the Homeschool group. Along with the letdown about Abraham Lincoln’s height, there was a problem during the tour: the noise. Oh, the noise! It was enough to drive a woman mad!

Every single child on the tour was wearing his or her puffy winter coat. You know the type: big puffy plasticy coats. Big puffy plasticy coats that make a swish-swoosh noise every time you move. Move an arm: swish-swoosh! Turn your head: swish-swoosh! Breathe in: swish-swoosh! Breathe out: swish-swoosh! A whole roomful of children wearing swish-swoosh coats, breathing. And fidgeting. Twenty fidgety, breathing, swish-swoosh coat-wearing children. I had to go home and lie down.

Children never stop fidgeting, which is why they’re so skinny. My kids don’t walk through the house; they skip and leap and prance and gallop. I’ve started doing that, too, to add more exercise in my day. It’s fun to prance and leap through the house. You just have to be mindful of the chandeliers. (I have 3 of them.)

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Watched while cooking/cleaning in the kitchen: The Road.

Now there’s a cheery movie for you. (gak!) I’m pretty sure the happy, happy presidents were watching The Road when I took that picture of them.

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Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Banana.
Banana who?

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Banana.
Banana who?

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Banana.
Banana who?

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Orange.
Orange who?
Orange you glad I didn’t say banana?
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Q: How many elephants will fit into a Mini?
A: Four: Two in the front, two in the back.
Q: How many giraffes will fit into a Mini?
A: None. It’s full of elephants.

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3 thoughts on “Noisy Coats, Tommy Lee Jones, and Short Abe Lincoln

  1. You watched THE ROAD?!?!? I read the book and was traumatized for months afterward. I swear I think I had literary PTSD. It was all I could talk about for weeks. People were looking askance every time they saw me because they knew I’d bring it up sooner or later so I could work through the emotional trauma. I knew I made the right choice about leaving Pittsburgh when I found out that’s where they were filming that movie. I’m having flashbacks now just thinking about it.

    And I’ve decided not to go anywhere cultural between approx November – March so I don’t get stuck being weighed down by 300 lbs of noisy winter coats like I was during our trip to the Walters a couple of weeks ago. Culture can wait til it warms up.

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