11/3/19: Short Attention Span Day.

Today I titled my Front Porch Library plan “Short Attention Span Day,” admitting that we’ve been a little hairy-crazy lately. I made up six activities thinking if we moved quickly from one activity to the next we could maintain focus.
 
WRONG! But it was still okay. Our volunteer Alex, brought her friend Sophie–and teenage girls are really entertaining for our kids who are just bumping double-digits (except for O, who is 13).
 
We got mostly through activity one, which was a memory game: “I’m going on a journey and I am taking…an armadillo.” Each person recited every letter and then added an item that started with the next letter. This was one weird journey as we packed things as diverse as butter sticks, koala poo, and Detroit. We got as far as P, then Brianna and her sister, Caroline arrived and the running began. Well, that was a good chunk of the alphabet.
 
I bought a new basketball and we played HORSE (thing 2 on the list–designed to blow off steam). Klark was the only one with any talent for hitting the hoop, the only one who was letter-free at the end of the game. The rest of us were horses for sure.
 
Meanwhile, back at the big white driveway table there was a whole lot of drawing going on, and a whole lot of chatting. A good time was being had by the non-horses.
 
Two was as far as I got on the list.
 
Caroline and Mr. John decorated the cake. The icing was green, the sprinkles plentiful.
 
Caroline and I drew a hopscotch board on the road with chalk. Only a few of the numbers were backwards. Then the second Alex (Vivienne’s dad ) came to get her and suddenly, everyone felt the need to play hopscotch. Library always ends with protests that it is not really time to go.
 
Items three through six? Maybe next time. Another wild day at the FPL.

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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