DS 18 y.o., has been away at music camp where he is a counsellor. The campers are aged 11 to 15 y.o. He's having fun again. There is a new double bass instructor, which is his instrument, and he has enjoyed working with him and helping teach the campers.
He's been telling me about a few pranks they've pulled on the adult faculty, and I guess he's the ring-leader. I told him that it's what every mom wants to hear - that her beloved son is the Lex Luthor of summer camp. I was informed that he was waaay cooler than that - maybe the Magneto of summer camp. And thus, another chapter in our long-running dispute about which is better - DC or Marvel - commenced. I think it's almost as much fun as our other long-running dialogue about democracy/capitalism (me) vs. anarchy/socialism (him - he likes to quote Marx at me: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need".)
He plans on making a bass later this summer with an old washtub and other scavenged materials. I reminded him that we have old plans to build an electric guitar (Make magazine, I think, or possibly Instructables) and so he's going to modify for an electric bass.
DD 15 y.o. spent most of July getting a high school Civics credit. For part of the course, they travelled to Manhattan, toured the U.N. saw Ellis Island etc., participated in debates about international and domestic policy, and.....huge bonus....managed to squeeze in a side-trip to see the red carpet festivities for the Harry Potter premiere.
DD makes me laugh - it was her 3rd trip to Manhattan in 14 months, so she's becoming familiar with the city. She's lived in big cities most of her life and is pretty confident with public transit, negotiating city streets etc. She is also a drama major and can be a huge ham. During one of their "free times", she and a group of other students headed to FAO Schwartz. DD played "tour guide" along 5th Avenue and she re-enacted her tour for me. "And on your left, you will observe the famous Tiffany's which you may know from the film, Breakfast at Tiffany's (DD mimics a bunch of cameras clicking away and her friends posing making peace signs)" and "Now keep together, everyone! Follow me!"
Last night, at dinner, we were talking about the film, The King's Speech, and the British classical actors. DH mentioned "thespians" and she spilled out "From the Greek, Thespis, who was the first to step out of the chorus and portray a character in a dramatic role. Fun Fact of the Day!!" It's been a while since I heard "Fun Fact of the Day" from one of the kids, so I was howling by the time she was finished.
She's spent a lot of time in her room, catching up on her sleep, since she came home. I think I will set up the sewing machine today, in an attempt to ward off the inevitable after-trip letdown.
Edited, to add the bit about ds and his politics, which I must have cut when editing earlier.
Edited by ollyoxenfree - 7/26/11 at 8:59am