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March 6, 2016

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This is the final installment in the brief life history of the little maul oak tree I purchased from Theodore Payne Nursery back in the late fall of 2008 to commemorate the election of Barack Obama as the President of the United States. I actually didn’t get it planted in the ground until the day Hillary Clinton was sworn in as Secretary of State. Whether planted in the ground or in a pot, no matter what I did, I couldn’t make this tree thrive. I just barely kept it alive. Obamas’ uplifted face proclaiming “HOPE” on a decal on the back of my Volvo is now a faded white rectangle. I’m not blaming him. I think we all know how hard it is to get anything done today let alone with the lack of support he is getting with the loudest voices in the Senate trying to cram the entire nation into their angry time machine to repeat the mistakes we’ve made before. But wait, I’m getting a bit too political here. This is about my little oak tree that I envisioned, yes and HOPED my kids could climb, maybe fall out of and slightly fracture an arm, lob water balloons at unsuspecting speeding cars from, have birds build nests in and hatch their eggs.

Sadly, the maul oak tree is dead. I just put it in the green waste bin to be recycled with the rest of our compost to be picked up early Wednesday morning with the rest of our bins. So what do you do? You start over again. You get your butt out of bed every morning, wake your kids up for school and warm up the espresso machine and hope the things you do  make a difference.

 

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March 18, 2011

 

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So, here we are. Or, where are we? There’s alot going on in our house. There’s alot going on in the world. This is not going to be a post showing pictures of green blossoms pregnant with life, announcing the certainty of spring. This post is more more about uncertainty. Libya, cease-fires, the earthquake in Japan, aftershocks, Fukushima and tsnamis. Let’s start small.  A couple of years ago I planted an oak tree sapling in front of our house-http://the-white-album.com/gardening/plantings. I planted it to symbolize the new hope of our country and our newly elected president. I actually got it into the ground on the day that President Obama announced Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. I had visions of watching this little tree grow and our boys climbing the branches. Watching, year by year transforming into a mighty oak tree. Taking care of a newly planted tree is like taking care of a family. It’s tough work. As parents of 5 boys we are faced with decisions every day. We don’t always make the right decisions. But, I’d like to think that we learn from our mistakes. I’d say now it was a mistake planting a California native Maul Oak tree in our public parkway. There are many reasons why it didn’t do so well. To begin with,   It shouldn’t have been planted in the public parkway to get trampled by people and dogs.

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I’m not claiming I have a Japanese garden but, one of my hobbies is Japanese gardening, including bonsai trees. I have an attraction the to the meticulous care it takes to make them look old, natural and almost wild. So, I’m taking the oak tree out of the public parkway and sticking it in a pot amongst my bonsais in our garden.

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This morning, while dropping the boys off at school I was listening to NPR on the radio while debating with Henry the actual meaning of the the term “getting up and ready for school” meant, Hillary Clinton was commenting on the recent cease-fire in Libya. Clinton stressed that the situation remains “fluid and dynamic.” What the hell does that mean? So, where do we go and what do we do? Let’s start small again. Get up on time, make a good cup of coffee, maybe light a fire if it’s cold, drop the boys off at school and tend the garden. In the rear view mirror I catch a glimpse of a fading bumber sticker on the window of my car and think…and hope some more.

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One big ball

One big ball

At drop off at Ocean Charter this rainy Friday morning Theo showed me the giant yarn ball the 2nd grade is making. They have plans to craft a rug out of the yarn. I think they should make the rug for the Obamas. It would make a nice addition to one of the guest bathrooms in the White House.     Then it’s off to Miss Sara’s kindergarten to help the kinders  finish their swords of light and goodness. I keep reminding Ollie and his class that the swords are not for evil and darkness.

Swords and scabbards

Swords and scabbards

Debbie has outlawed wooden swords in our house even though we must have 2 dozed stashed here and there. My parenting technique states that you may play with wooden swords until somebody gets hurt. This usually takes all of 2 minutes. At recess, Theo’s class is having a playdate on the playground with their new dolls they made in handwork.

Guys and Girls and Dolls

Guys and Girls and Dolls

Theo then took me up to his class to look at his main lesson book which was beautiful. But what was even more beautiful was the blackboard. Read for yourself:

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

Short break back home for lunch finds Debbie completely dismantling and cleaning the fridge.

So clean you can eat off it

So clean you can eat off it

Back to North Campus  to teach woodworking to the 5th graders. Their 1st project was a little plum person, then a whirly-gig, now they are finishing up eggs.

An egg

An egg

We ended the school week with a dinner of clam chowder(be sure to check Sams’ blog to see how it rated) and a few episodes of Lance Link,Secret Chimp and once younger 4 went to bed we watched Monthy Python & The Holy Grail with Sam. Sharing that classic movie with a 14 year old boy is a parenting moment to cherish!

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January 21, 2009
Behind the scene

Getting behind Obama

Just imagine, Simon will be 10 years old in 2017, Ollie 14, Theo 16, Henry 18 and Sam 22. It was a Happy Inauguaration Day!

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I had this idea today and decided to write a letter to President Elect Obama. Here is that letter,

Dear President Elect Obama,
I had an idea to rescue the failing US auto manufacturers which wouldn’t cost the tax payers any money nor cut any jobs. My idea is to approach the US oil companies and ask them to “invest” in the US auto companies. They unlike the car companies have had some pretty lucrative years as of late and could afford to invest their profits. These two industries are linked in that the fuel which runs the autos is a by product of petroleum. If the car companies fail surely the oil companies will suffer. It’s truly an investment in their future as well. This notion of helping would be a bold statement to the American people.
Good Luck- Ted Catanzaro

Oil Dispenser

Oil Dispenser

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November 5, 2008
Henry, the morning after

Henry, the morning after

Either way history was going to be made yesterday. The first African American President, the first female vice- president, the oldest Maverick President. We are all extremely optimistic about the outcome. Since Sam is taking U.S. History in school I thought it would be a good opportunity to take him away from his homework to watch Barack Obama’s acceptance speech. Afterall, he will be voting for the next president of the United States.

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