“Mom, They’re Rolling in the Mud Like a Bunch of Rhinoceros”


Recently, ML had an early release day from school.  I arranged my schedule so I could pick up ML and her friend.  We took advantage of the nice day and joined friends at the park.  We call this park “Triangle Park” because of it’s shape.  One side of the triangle contains a creek.  It was 6 boys and ML playing at the creek.

All of sudden ML ran up the bank and said, “Mom, they are rolling in the mud like a bunch of rhinoceroses.”  And 4 of the boys were.  Surprisingly, ML and her friend I picked up from school were not.  On the way to the park, I promised to take them to Sugarland, a local bakery with divine cupcakes.  They were smart enough to know, Sugarland doesn’t allow mud coated children in the door… And I don’t allow sopping wet, muddy children in my car.  Even though my car is disgusting.  I try to keep it clean.  With a seven-year-old, it’s not my top priority.  But even I draw the line at wet mud.

Thankfully, the “rhinos” we left at the park were close enough to their houses to walk home.  In honor of her rhino friends, we read a nonfiction and fiction rhino book.

Rhinoceroses by Valerie Bodden – An easy to read nonfiction book with large colorful illustrations.  A fascinating fact we learned… Rhinos can run 28 miles per hour.  But they don’t run far.”  If people weighed up to 7,000 pounds they probably wouldn’t run far either.  A bonus at the end of the book is a folktale about why rhinos have bumpy skin.

A Porcupine Named Fluffy by Helen Lester and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger –  Are you confused?  Yes, it’s a book about a porcupine named Fluffy.  What were his parents thinking?  Throughout his life, he learns he is not fluffy.  Then, tries to become fluffy by attempting to be a cloud, soaking in a bubble bath, covering himself in whipped cream, eating marshmallows and more.  Only when he meets a rhino named Hippo does he accept his name.  From then on, they share a friendship filled with laughter.  Learning to laugh at yourself is something I hope to instill in ML.

As for the cupcakes,  ML and friend ordered the Cookie’s and Cream.  The server talked me into Elvis – Banana Cake with a Peanut Butter mousse filling and cream cheese icing, with a caramel drizzle and bacon on top.  He promised me if I didn’t like it, I could choose something else for free.  It was amazing!  I’m surprised at the number of different flavored cupcakes, I’ve tried from there.  Haven’t been disappointed yet.

Science Friday – Cockroaches


Cockroaches grossed me out until recently. I accept I will never truly escape them. Some just aren’t interested in visiting my Roach Motels.

One of my favorite children’s book authors is Carmen Agra Deedy. Her book Martina: The Beautiful Cockroach illustrated by Michael Austin is lovely and lyrical. . . “Now that Martina was 21 years old, she was ready to give her leg in marriage.”

It’s the tale of Martina following her grandmother’s advice and giving each suitor the coffee test – spilling coffee on them to see how they react. It’s a very effective way to weed out potential husbands.

When I asked ML if she liked it, she said, “No. I don’t like cockroaches.” However, ML sat on my lap entranced through the entire book loving the way I sang, “Martina, Josefina, Catalina, Curcaracha, Beautiful muchacha, Won’t you be my wife?”

But she wouldn’t even look at the book Cockroaches by Valerie Bodden in the new Creepy Creatures series published by The Creative Company. It’s not the series she’s against. She enjoyed the Ants book