Today while Butterfly was in school, we took the boys to see Clara Barton’s house and Rock Creek Park.
The Clara Barton house was closed for asbestos removal.
But we sat on her porch and listened to the ranger talk about her life. She was a fascinating lady! She was at several of the battles in the civil war. She started a school. She worked for the US government in a time where women working was very uncommon. She started the Red Cross in America. She lived till she was in her late 80s and ran the Red Cross from her house. That house next to Glen Echo Park.
They did let us in for a quick peek at house and made us wish we could go in farther. This is the second time we’ve tried to go to this house with my parents and it just has never worked out. 3rd times a charm, right?
After the house, we walked over to Glen Echo Park. That used to be a resort area for people from the city. They had their own train from DC that would run every day. They had an enormous lake named The Crystal Pool with a sandy beach area. There was room for about 3000 swimmers. It was once a midway, with rides as well.
Now they have the carousel still going (only on Saturdays and Sundays now that school is in session, seen above) and they’ve turned it into a nature center. They do a lot of classes like pottery, photography, art, nature, etc. They no longer have The Crystal Pool but have a nice play ground instead. They also have a big picnic area, a ball room, and a puppet theater.
I miss Butterfly on these days because we always have so much fun. I think she’s enjoying school though.
Her first back to school night was tonight. It was a lot of fun! She marched us all around the school. We saw her art room (after asking directions), the music room, the gym, the cafeteria, her class room, her teacher, her cubby, and her drawing. She made a monster book to show us but didn’t finish it in class. So she sat right down in the chair and finished it herself.
Her teacher said that she is very particular. She would be after having Juice as a father. This makes her very detail oriented. Her teacher was also surprised to hear that she did not go to pre-school since she knows a lot of things that the other kids don’t yet. Of course, there are things she doesn’t know that everyone else knows. I think that’s pretty normal. Her teacher also mentioned that she has a lot of good ideas for the class to help things go smoothly. Mrs. Madeline considers Butterfly a leader in the class.
Way to go little girl! She is rocking in school.
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