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Day 271: Great Literature

N had his tonsils and adenoids removed this morning. The surgery went well and he and Mr. December came home around 2 p.m. Needless to say, N was excused from schooling and allowed to watch Netflix in bed using my computer. He was also given unlimited popsicles, jell-o, and powerade.

The girls and I played Ticket to Ride: Europe, which wasn’t quite as educational as one might hope. They did learn, however, that the reason you have to dig tunnels through to Zurich is because of the Swiss Alps—so there’s that.

N ended up joining us for our afternoon literature lesson. Today I introduced the kids to Charles Dickens by way of The Muppets. To be fair, there’s so much to notice and learn about Dickens’s writing style that you might miss if you rely on the film, but on the other hand it’s pretty easy to grasp the plot, characters, and overall moral of the story. The Muppets also included just enough quotes straight from the book to make us feel like we had read it (or at least the most important parts.)

R was bored for the last half hour, K was so engaged that she kept wanting to have conversations about the plot, and N just snuggled between his sisters on the beanbag and sipped his Powerade.

I think we’ll start Gulliver’s Travels tomorrow or Wednesday.

Speaking of tomorrow, it’ll be my birthday. I’ll be spending it the same way I spend pretty much every other day: with the kids. I’m surprised at how much Mr. December and I are enjoying being with the kids pretty much all the time; but that’s a topic for another day.

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