Sorry about the double posts, I had to respond to the math stuff before I finished reading the thread
, how math is taught in school is huge
pet peeve of mine
We've been having a great few days here. I have a lot of time off work this month (though a little stressed about the money I'm not making), and ds and I have been able to really reconnect and hang out a lot. Plus the house is no longer a danger to small children and pets
, now that I've finally done a bit of housecleaning.
Ds has been playing a GameCube game called Fire Emblem quite obsessively lately, and finally beat the game the other day. He was a bit bummed out, thought, that he had nothing else to do in the game, he's a huge strategy game fan, so he decided to write up his own strategy game to play with his friends, and has spent hours so far writing up the basic character set, weapons and attacks, and working out weighting ratios to develop the scoring system (how much weight to give to an individual attack or weapon, based on dice rolls.)
We went for a long walk along the river bank, we haven't been down to the river yet since the spring ice break up, and we didn't realize how high the river still is. It's flooded over the banks in a few areas, and the riverwalk system, a nice paved with large open areas and steps that follow the river for a few miles, has been flooded. There go our plans to walk the length of the riverwalk. What we did, though, was to watch the tiny eco-system that is flourishing in the very shallow water of the large steps area behind the legislative building. This is one of the best fishing spots in the city, and lots of big fish live around here (catfish, pike), but their too big to get over the paved lip and into the 2 inches of water covering this area, so there were lots of schools of minnows and other tiny fish, water boatmen stalking small insects, and other tiny animal life, usually not very visible in this river, since it's so murky and has so many predators.
Walking back, ds discovered a bunch of different bugs, it's been raining like crazy here, very unusual for summer in Winnipeg, and there are way more creepy crawlers around than we usually have, so we hunted around some dead logs and between paving stones. Ds pointed out to me the difference between aphids and mites, and what lady bug larvae look like (not at all like lady bugs!) I'm a city girl, but, before his latest obsession with religion and poliitics, ds was a huge animal buff for years, and knew what all the bugs, fish, spiders were saw were, and could identify a lot of animal tracks in the mud.
My brother and his wife are in town this week, and we all went out for sushi the other night, discovered the best sushi restaurant I have ever been to, and bro was really impressed with how much ds knew about Japanese food (he loooooves sushi), how comfortable he was with chopsticks, and how willing he is to try new things (ds's all time favorite food is octopus.)
Oh, and as for the socialization thing
, ds had his first football practice over the weekend, ds is huuuuge for his age (6' tall and 300 rather solid pounds), by the end of the 2 hour practice the other kids were chanting his name and patting him on the head and shoulder pads. He didn't seem to isolated
It's so nice for him to finally have a place where his size is actually an asset and people are happy for it. He doesn't really fit in to anything anymore, quite literally, most public places, he doesn't fit into seats and his knees come up to his chin when he sits down. He always kind of looks like a clown in one of those tiny little cars with their knees sticking out the window, and I feel for him, not fitting into the world, literally. Even when he did things like martial arts, wrestling and boxing, his size was a problem because there were no other kids anywhere near his size, and often even the instructor was too small to spar with him. Football seems to have been made for him, though. It combines a need for pure strength and size, with the sort of strategy stuff he loves so much (his wrestling and boxing coaches have all commented that he has a lot of talent in this area, that he really thinks through what his opponent will likely do and can adjust his reaction to them on the fly), plus he gets to be around other boys for whom running into hard things at full force is a fun way to spend the afternoon
I love his coach, too, he's the dad of ds's best friend from elementary school, the friend is on the team too, and the coach's philosophy is so great. One of the offensive line coaches apparently at one point told ds to "go out and hate that guy" and the head coach came over and, nicely, corrected this coach and talked to ds about how great it is that he's so strong and powerful, because it will bring up the play of the whole team, and that he didn't need to make anything personal, but to go as hard as he could, because the defensive players need to learn how to stand up to someone like him, and how he's a great asset to the team. This makes much more sense to ds than "hating" someone, he assumes that anyone playing football loves to hit, and get hit, as much as he does. I love this coach!