Tuesday, August 3, 2010

"Weaving spiders, come not here; . . ."

Okay, so, I have been reading my Shakespeare, but I'm more behind than I wanted to be by this time. Two weeks ago I took a commenter's advice and read A Midsummer Night's Dream {Act II, Scene 2}, from which comes the quote above. I hadn't read Midsummer in several years, so it was nice to get reacquainted.

Then last week I read the two early narrative poems, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece, the latter being one I'd never read before. I want to write a bit about these two poems; indeed, there are a lot of things I really want to say about them. But right now, it is late, I am sleepy, and I have other things I want to write about first.

For instance, check out the absolutely fabulous sand sculpture of William Shakespeare above, and click here
to see other sand sculptures at the Somerset Sand Sculpture Festival a week or so ago in Great Britain. Shakespeare and Wallace and Gromit on the same beach -- Wow!

"Swift as a shadow, short as any dream;
Brief as the lightning in the collied night."
~~A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act I, Scene 1

Swift describes this summer. I can't remember when a season has flown by so quickly. Just as a catch-up, my brother has been home for two weeks now. He is doing very well, although he isn't on solid food yet. They are still working on his swallowing, but he's making progress. Thomas' leg is almost completely back to its correct size. It took two weeks on the medication for the swelling to significantly go down, but the pain went away pretty quickly. Most days the leg looks normal, but sometimes the calf is still a bit swollen. I suppose if it keeps doing this, he'll go back to the doctor to see if they can come to a more definite diagnosis.

Public schools in our county start next Thursday the 19th, so I was going to start Eler Beth's classes on Monday the 16th. She was supposed to go to King's Island with some friends this week, but they have to postpone till next week. They're visiting the amusement park, The Cincinnati Zoo, and The Newport Aquarium, so it is to be a three-day trip. Since they're now going to be leaving next Thursday, we're going to start school this Thursday, so we don't have to make up two days right from the get-go. I've had her first semester lessons planned for a couple weeks now, so it won't be a problem. I'm ready, 'though I don't know if she is yet. I'd like to write more about my plans for her high school classes later, too, but not tonight.

I'm going to go to bed now. I hope everyone is having a nice summer. I know some schools have already started, even as early as the last week of July in some cases. And I just think that is ridiculous. I can't imagine riding a school bus in this heat! So, until later, my friends, have a nice night, a nice week, and a nice rest-of-summer.

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What shall I read next? I think I'll attempt King John, since I haven't done one of the histories yet, and it's one of only two that I haven't read.


Paula said...

Wishing you and Eler Beth a good school year.

Debbie said...

It's great to hear that your brother is home and making progress and that the swelling Thomas had has improved. We never know what life it going to throw at us but it sure is a relief when things start calming down somewhat.

Schools in our area started back today. The opening date is earlier every year. If they keep doing this each year soon the kids will be going to school most of the summer. Kids need time to be kids.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

It is amazing how fast the summer has gone. I am also amazed at how early some schools start. Seems like there should be a national schedule of some type.

Martha (MM) said...

Best of luck for the new school year! Mine is going to be tough this year, hope it's smooth sailing for you :-)