Saturday, March 23, 2019


School was quite busy again for Smarty this week - she has a 10-minute documentary due for her Media Studies class, and her group under her "wise" guidance chose to make this documentary about refugees. They interviewed two refugees on two different days, and a person from a local Catholic charity organization assisting refugees. It meant that she came home quite late every day, at 5 pm, and she still had her regular homework on top of that. I joke that she just likes to make her life hard choosing "hard-to-complete" projects in the subject that she does not even like. 

After School

Smarty had her yearly check up on Friday. She was a bit disappointed to learn that she is pretty much staying on her curve in height and weight (7% height, 5% weight) and is still expected to be at about 5" 1' at adult height. I am 5' 3" and she is hoping to be at least as tall as I am. But otherwise she is perfectly healthy, her vision and hearing are fine, and no scoliosis despite reading in ridiculous positions. In other news, Smarty managed to combine sailing with swimming in her Thursday class - she and her partner capsized their boat and needed to be "fished out". Luckily, she and other students bring a change of clothes to their sailing class for just such a situation. She took capsizing in stride - she really enjoys learning to sail and thinking of continuing it next year.

What We Are Reading

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We finally made it to the library last Saturday, and Smarty brought a bunch of re-reads home, but some new books too. She did not say anything about new books - I suspect that she mostly brought them home to fulfill my requirement to read a new book to each re-read. I read through the first Divergent by Veronica Roth and decided that it's certainly nothing close to The Hunger Games in the level of mastery and complexity of the story. I actually did not like where the story went in Book 1 and there was much too much teen romance. I decided that I will not spend my time on Books 2 and 3 at the moment even though Smarty still wants me to read them despite my explanations about what I did not like about the first book.

Favorite Memory of the Week

Smarty's pediatrician to Smarty, "You know, I still remember you as this chubby toddler who talked and talked and talked. You are no longer chubby, but some things did not change, did they?"


Min Erva said...

I'm 5'3" and it looks like K might be shorter than me as well.

MaryAnne said...

lol! That is a great doctor quote!

Tell Smarty there are real benefits to being short, especially when traveling and squeezing into airplane seats! I've since embraced the benefits of being moderately tall, but as a kid I would have given anything to not grow taller than 5'1".

I love that she is doing her documentary on refugees, even if it's time consuming.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

The Divergent series doesn't make sense until you get to the last book - but I'm not surprised that you didn't like book one. I think I would have been disappointed if you had liked it :) Still, if Smarty has read them all - you might want to - there is some interesting discussion potential at the very end that a 12 year old might have difficulty processing on their own.

I have always thought it would be a kick to see Smarty and C together. At 12, C is already 5'7'' :) You can assure Smarty though that tall girls always wish, at least a little, that they were petite. It's human nature to want what you don't have.

Ticia said...

Now I'm mildly curious about what causes scoliosis.

That's impressive she is still excited even with getting dunked in the water.