10/20/19: Red Wolves and Lead Balloons.

Library was small but good. We began with a list of expressions like, “Don’t put the cart before the horse,” and “You don’t miss your water till your well runs dry.” The kids hadn’t heard these expressions so we talked about their literal meaning and then when you might use them in real-life situations that didn’t involve wells or horses. They were really engaged and we went through a long litany: “You’re barking up the wrong tree,” “That’s your Achilles heel,” “It went over like a lead balloon.”
Naturally that was followed by a presentation on endangered red wolves. Our neighbor, Penny, who has a long, long history of fighting for endangered species did the program. (Thanks Penny!)
Then we adjourned to the driveway to draw and just talk about the state of the world–we are all fairly worried–but it was the first day in months we could sit outside without invoking an idiom: “If you can’t stand the heat stay out of the kitchen.” Okay, it is not an exact fit, but even idioms have limits.
And after library comes…Monday (did that just go over like a lead balloon)?

Author: slowdancejournal

I am a writer of novels for young readers. I also sing old time rock and roll in a duo called "Hot Tamale." My husband and I maintain our own 10 acre wildlife preserve. My home is Tallahassee, Florida.

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