While I was brushing her hair, I told her that I had put her homework into her backpack already. I asked, "Is that Mayflower paper all you had?" She assured me that was all, and then asked me a question, "Do you KNOW about the Mayflower?"
"Sure I do," was my reply. "They wanted to be free, and so they sailed across the ocean and landed at Plymouth." Silly me, thinking I knew the actual answer. "No, they didn't land at Plymouth," she quickly corrected. "They landed near the silent village of Squanto, and NAMED it Plymouth."
My thought: That part is not in the song.
What song? This one...
Rockin' and a-rollin', splishin' and a-splashin',
Over the horizon, what can it be?
The pilgrims sailed the sea
To find a place to call their own.
In their ship Mayflower,
They hoped to find a better home.
They finally knocked
On Plymouth Rock
And someone said, "We're there."
It may not look like home
But at this point I don't care.
You mean my School House Rock education is not enough? (If you got nostalgic at all, and want to remember the rest of the lyrics, go to that link.)
Actually, something in what Riley said sounded familiar. I think I knew it a long time ago. If I didn't then, I do now. She proceeded to tell me that while Squanto was gone from his village (as a slave) his whole village died...that's why it was a silent village. He was alone for awhile, before the Pilgrims came along. You know the story....because he could speak English he was able to help them with a lot of things.
Since Riley was up late, and we were in a hurry, we didn't get into the story very far. I'm sure we will catch up on it after school. I love it when she just grabs hold of something like this, gets excited about it, and then shares it. I also love how six year old enthusiasm is contagious. I look forward to hearing about it later this afternoon.
Well, here is something I grabbed a hold of, and am now sharing. I found this quote last Thanksgiving, and it has been on the side of my refrigerator for the whole year. I have read it nearly every day, and it has definitely had an effect on me:
"Gratitude turns a meal into a feast and drudgery into delight. It softens our grief and heightens our pleasure. It turns the simple and common into the memorable and transcendent. It forges bonds of love and fosters loyalty and admiration."
Joseph B. Wirthlin
Joseph B. Wirthlin