She gave Romeo a pre-surgical bath and cleaned him up. He was one heck of a dirty boy after spending 5 weeks at the shelter. She watched his entire surgery with interest and said that she was allowed to put ice on the wound after Romeo was stitched up and then hold him in a towel until he woke up. She described everything in detail and left me with no doubt that she is meant to be in this field. We are very grateful to our friends at Frog Creek.
Big Food. When I went in, I was a little disappointed. It lacked "wow" factor for me, however Tristan thought it was fantastic and we ended up staying two hours just in that one spot.
It was shocking and sad to see the astounding rise of obesity globally. There was a 7 minute video explaining the problem of urban deserts and urban swamps. I had never heard of these terms. There are places where you can not even find healthy food. There are towns crammed with fast food establishments and no healthy alternatives. It is sad how quickly humans have become used to huge servings and how difficult it is to change people's behavior because they are surrounded by situations that reinforce bad eating habits.
It was a child friendly exhibit, with entertaining, interactive video games and some large 3D models that you could touch! I was disgusted to see and pick up 5 pounds of fat. That was a bit of a wake up call.
The interactive computer games were fun and very popular.
I like the message of the exhibit. You can make small personal changes, small changes in your family and small changes in your community. All of these changes have a big impact.
We were also fascinated by the dioramas made by after school students displaying environmental changes that have been taking place in the world around us. Tristan seemed interested in making his own.
After the exhibition we headed to Yale University. I wanted to discuss with Tristan what he plans to accomplish over the next 5 years, what is important to him. Like many 9 year olds Tristan usually says he doesn't know and he definitely doesn't plan! I started with him telling me what he likes to do right now.
We had to break it down and project into the future. I asked him about dancing, breakdancing and hip hop. "You love it now" I said. "Do you think that you still might be doing it in 5 years?" "Yes, yes, yes!" he said, "I definitely want to be dancing then and acting. I love acting" he continued, "I love being someone else." We explored what kind of plays he would like to act in. I pushed him in this vein for a while and *right now* he thinks he wants to master acting skills, dancing, the science needed to become a recreational pilot and to do something entrepreneurial with computers. He decided freedom was the most important thing for him.
We walked through the grounds of Yale University. I let him know that it was very competitive to get into this particular university. It would require a lot of hard work and perseverance to even have a shot at getting in. He introduced himself to a Yale student and verified what I had said! It is a beautiful campus.
It was a lovely day! Just before he went to Parkour, I stopped and got a coffee. A lady in the store asked him about his first day back at school. He didn't miss a beat and told her about everything he had seen at the museum. I am so happy that we don't have to go back to school, but rather keep going on our merry way.