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.
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:
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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