Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Aunt Lola arrives and Emmett jumps for Theo and joy

Aunt Lola is here!



Alhumdillillah. We are very glad to see her. Words can't really express it.

Last Friday we visited the Citadel, the military compound which dates back to the rule of Saladin. If you don't know who that is, it's because you've been raised in a western imperialist cloud. Look him up immediately! It's a scandal!

There we checked out the mosque of Mohammed Ali, which dominates the Cairo skyline.





I know many people are wondering how the West can help the New Egypt in its transition to democracy. I have an idea. In addition to debt forgiveness and civil society programs, how about we do something about this?



This is a clock given by King Louis somebody in France in return for one of the twin obelisks from the tomb of Ramses II. That's right- the obelisk in the Place de la Concorde. You know it. Beautiful pink granite, 3000 years old. The clock, as it happens, has never worked since the day it arrived. It is surrounded by scaffolding, rusted, and generally an embarrassment. Every day busloads of egyptian schoolchildren visit the citadel. They for sure learn two things- the complex was built essentially to repel frankish Crusaders. And that five hundred years later, in exchange for their magnificent obelisk, these same french gave a egypt a busted clock. Maybe as a gesture of goodwill, in addition to bombing Libya, the French could send someone over to get this thing ticking again. Or give back the obelisk, which is ancient and irreplaceable, unlike an old clock.

Now here Emmett sends a gesture of goodwill to his cousin Theo.



He was quite pleased with his efforts:





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7 comments:

Kath said...

Don't know which I like more, the odelisk story or the jump for Theo
For some reason Aunt Lola set of pictures not coming thru

Michelle O. said...

It's true. The thing about the Western Imperialist Cloud.

arthur and maggie said...

Thanks for the jump Emmett! You got some big air there dude! Theo's going to do a jump for you soon.

arthur and maggie said...

Oh and that's a good suggestion about the clock. someone should here you to write for a parenting blog or something...

Dave said...

Aunt LOOOOOLAAAAA in CAAAAI ROOOOOOO !!!!!!

Laura said...

Is that an April Fools comment? For sure Dave did not write that.

arthur and maggie said...

I just noticed the strong resemblace between Thomas and Aunt Lola! Kind of like how Elsie and her Aunt Laura look alike...