Friday, November 5, 2010

Bees and kittens and things

Here's some pictures of things we've been up to:

For those of you who felt you didn't get a full impression of emmett's bee costume, he helpfully decided to wear it again a few mornings later.






Thomas and old CAC pal Juan at the Halloween carnival.



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Egypt the cat had kittens! We've named them Violet, Mouse and Charlotte.





On weekends we let Thomas ride his bike around the neighborhood. One of us has to run beside him at all times because traffic laws are not enforced in Egypt. It's just a giant game of chicken at every intersection. Bikers and pedestrians have no right of way- if you want to cross a busy street you have to step in front of traffic and hope the next car will stop. Expectations of personal space are different too so drivers will come within inches of you or your children at full speed. I have noticed that arab women drivers are often the worst offenders about this. Unfortunately in a stressful moment i noted this out loud, so now thomas will often repeat "The ones with the head scarves are the worst," when we get to a bad intersection.





The first few weeks I startled at every horn blast, and would come home exhausted and knotted with stress. I realized the other day that I'm much better at tuning it all out now, which probably means I'll be hit by a bus sometime soon.



how is thomas' new school going? he's much happier. I'm not sure his behavior has improved any. Can you find him in this picture?




Here's a hint.





Thats his friend giacomo's legs there next to him. Here's a picture of a tree house project the kids are working on:




So cool!

We've been following the US election results with interest. We also read about Jon stewart's rally in Washington. His closing statement- using the image of cars merging into the Jersey tunnel as an example of how real Americans work together to solve problems everyday-- has been criticized as kind of wimpy in the blogs I read. I would just like to day that from the vantage point of Egypt, Americans should not underestimate the value of orderly traffic merging. The amount of time and stress required for driving in Egypt- it's like a massive tax on the whole society except there's no revenue produced. Don't take it for granted USA!


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13 comments:

Occhio said...

Are you sure Giacomo and Juan are real names? You didn't have any friends called that when you were little.

I do remember Charlotte and Mouse though.

Love,

Occhio

Laura said...

Wait, isn't your name occhio?

Kathy B. said...

I love that little Bumble Bee.

The traffic stories are giving me night mares.

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Anonymous said...

that thing about sand blowing through Cairo all day. Did that turn out to be true ?

Occhio said...

Dear Laura,

Humans have always tolerated diversity in naming pets like me, if any there be. How many children do you know named Pig, Snopes, Furry Paws, Pincher, New Creston, Tkachook, Jacuzzi? All are pet names from the 1970s, except poor Pig, who "disappeared" in the late 60s.

Then there's Egypt.

Love,

Occhio

Laura said...

Hello Cairo!

Does anyone else think that Thomas riding the bike looks a little like Super Grover? (This looks like a job for Super Grooover!) It may be the cape.

The bumble bee is an absolutely gorgeous thing!

But I'm confused on the kittesn. It was reported to me that their names were Charlotte, Rex and something else, but I didn't think Mouse.

Laura

Anonymous said...

What was the name of one Laura's kitties named after a race horse ?
oh yes, it was Belle Esprit

Occhio said...

I thought Belle Esprit was a guinea pig, or was that Prometheus?

Laura said...

Yes, violet turned out to be a boy on closer inspection, so we're calling him Rex. Charlotte and Mouse are girls.

Anonymous said...

Are there two people here leaving comments with the name "Laura" ?

Kathy B. said...

Someone cut Thomas's climbing tree into a perfect rectangle. Love it.

Laura how are you ?

Laura said...

I'm good! Loving Egyptian Bumblebee pictures, and appreciate the clarification about the kittens!