Matthew's costume is open to interpretation. Some say "Soggy Bottom Boy" (a man of constant sorrow). Some say "ZZ Top" (a sharp-dressed man). Some say "Grandpa Bruce" (needing a trim). Matthew himself says "A Spy". Think what you like!
...which choked me up for a minute. That poor moth.
Babies Don't Keep
Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth
empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
hang out the washing and butter the bread,
sew on a button and make up a bed.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.
Oh, I've grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue
(lullaby, rockabye, lullaby loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
(pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).
The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew
and out in the yard there's a hullabaloo
but I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren't his eyes the most wonderful hue?
(lullaby, rockabye, lullaby loo).
The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
for children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.
-- Author Unknown
Hammurabi and Moses
Hammurabi was the ruler of
Many laws in Hammurabi’s code are very similar to the laws of Moses. In the 1800’s, some scholars thought that the authors of the Bible made up the laws of Moses. Then a pillar with the Code of Hammurabi was found. They noticed that many of the laws were the same. Then the scholars thought that Moses had copied the laws from Hammurabi.
A different explanation can be found in Genesis 26:5 in the Bible which says that Abraham kept God’s commands and laws. Hammurabi might have lived at the same time that Abraham lived and knew some of God’s laws which ended up in his code. Moses didn’t copy from Hammurabi. He copied from God.
Matthew finished typing his letter today and told me that I could post part of it here:
A Chemical Reaction
I boiled three cabbage leaves with two cups of water. While the cabbage was boiling, I poured two tablespoons of baking soda into a nine inch balloon. I then poured two thirds of a cup of vinegar into a two liter bottle. By then, since the water was boiling, I put in a few ice cubes to make it cool down. I poured two thirds of a cup of cabbage water into the bottle with the vinegar. The once purple cabbage water turned pink. I then tipped the balloon, letting the baking soda fall into the liquid. It suddenly foamed up and instantly blew up the balloon.
A chemical reaction is when one or more substances interact to form one or more new substances. This experiment actually had two chemical reactions. In the first chemical reaction, I poured the cabbage water in with the vinegar, causing a chemical called anthocyanin in the cabbage water to react with the vinegar. This made the cabbage water turn pink. The second reaction occurred when I tipped the balloon, letting the baking soda fall into the mixture, causing it to fizz and bubble. The reason is that when the baking soda and the vinegar mixed, the chemical reaction formed two different substances: water and carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide filled the balloon. Because the vinegar was used up, the anthocyanin no longer reacted with it, and therefore the color of the water turned blue instead of pink.
Matthew typed the first paragraph of a letter that he had previously handwritten to his Great Grandmothers. (The typing will help them to be able to read it!) I videotaped him practicing his piano piece so that he can see how he is doing with curving his fingers. Later, he accidentally cut his finger (Don't ask how!) and had to have three stitches. He may be allowed to play piano by the time of the piano recital in two weeks, but he won't be able to stay in practice in the meantime. Sigh. He was playing so well!
Sargon the Great
Sargon was raised in a city-state called