Sunday, September 28, 2014

Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Benjamin


My 14 year old wanted to go to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. 


The semi- related stories:  


About 25 years ago, I worked as a receptionist in a psychiatric hospital. There were three 6th grade boys attending an alternative school program at the hospital. 


They were all very sweet and had about a fifteen minute wait in the lobby before they went back to class. The boys had little turtle figurines and they spent several days telling me all about them. 


One weekend I went to the library and checked out a book of Renascence artists. I figured they wouldn’t really care but I’m driven by this insane need to share stuff. I showed them some of the artwork and called it a day. 


A week later, when the teacher came out to get them, he said they talked about it for the week. I need to give kids more credit. 


At the movie, in the theater lobby, there was a mom and a little girl standing at opposite ends of the hallway. 


The mom was telling the kid to hurry up because she was standing there juggling popcorn and two drinks and their show was starting so move a little faster, please.


The kid started walking until she noticed the empty line control system at the side of the hall. She methodically entered and walked up and down and back and forth until reaching the exit. 


It was hilarious because I have a kid who years ago would have done the same thing. (Actually, I shouldn't put that in the past tense.)


On the way home home from the show, talk turned to responsible use of social media. 


My kid agreed that things end up online that shouldn't and then and tells me that people can no longer be naked on their balcony. 


Um . . . a little clarification? 


It turns out my kid actually listens to me sometimes. We were talking about things Benjamin Franklin did. I added that he liked to take 'air baths', sometimes in and sometimes out of a tub.


Wow! I really do need to give kids more credit and tie more educational stuff to poplar events or stories of naked behavior. 

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