Friday, July 12, 2013
I knew living here would provide my kids with a unique way of life. There are so many things that are just different here. Another mom and I were saying it's like the way of life in the 1950's. You work minutes from your home. There are only a few businesses in the area and people mostly eat at home. Kids are able to ride their bikes all over town and have freedom that is unthinkable in most places.
Biking into town through a beautiful forest is the way Emily and a friend get to "work" 2 times a week...at the Aquarium....Emily's first job!!
She bikes from home on Monday's and Wednesday's about 9:30, getting into work about 9:45. She gives tours, lifts sea creatures from the touch tanks and many more jobs that we just LOVE to hear about....
She has to siphon sea cucumber poop from the touch tanks(my favorite description so far)...get purple crabs for the star fish to eat, feed the octopus...I can't imagine a cooler first job. They work until 12 and then bike home...except if it is REALLY rainy, or we are going to mass..I will pick her up.
We live in a town that has many tourists visiting so cruise ship days are the most fun to be at the Aquarium because there is a lot of action.
After her shift yesterday (she picked up an extra hour because she wanted to be working when we came to visit), we went to the beach. She was able to show us all sorts of stuff on the beach that we did not know. I was so proud of her. I said..."Em. you have already learned so much from being here." She says, "I just listen to what other people say and remember it. Nobody has really taught me."
That is right. We learn mostly from seeing and doing. She sees me. She learns from me...without me teaching her....she "just listens to what other people say and remember it..."
Am I saying the right things...what about school..are they saying the right things?
Her first job is teaching her so much...and being her mom is like my first job...and she is teaching me so much!!