I read the following poem aloud during lunch today --
Hear what the mournful linnets say
Hear what the mournful linnets say:
"We built our nest compact and warm,
But cruel boys came round our way
And took our summerhouse by storm.
"They crushed the eggs so neatly laid;
So now we sit with drooping wing,
And watch the ruin they have made,
Too late to build, too sad to sing."
~ Christina Rossetti
Ambleside Online: Christina Rossetti Poems
As I read it, it struck me as a good, subtle teaching moment for my boys. After I finished, Jamie exclaimed, "Hey! We are in this poem!"
Not that Jamie is a particular menace to bird nests at this point in the game, but he is being schooled by a chronic, reoccurring case of I-can't-resist-itis in his biggest brudder. Truen is intrigued by baby birds, but no one is driven by the desire to ransack bird nests like Diego.
I could see a look of recognition in Diego's face. It will be interesting to see if this new idea, so beautifully written, bears any fruit in his thoughts or actions.
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