Are You My Mother?

Ezra loves books. As can be the case with toddlers, Ezra will choose a favorite book or two to have read to him every day until he knows it through and through. Recently he’s been obsessed with Are You My Mother?

As you can see below, he’s definitely got the gist of this book. Lauren walked into the playroom in the middle of Ezra’s story time to Micah and was able to capture this delicious moment:


Standing up for Kindergarteners’ Rights

Gloria is loving kindergarten. At some point during her parent-teacher conference last week, the topic came around to her left-handedness, and her teacher amusedly shared this little tidbit:

Every time we go to the computer lab I help Gloria move her mouse to the left side of the keyboard before she starts her assignment. This week I was busy with another student when we first entered the lab and I forgot to fix Gloria’s setup. She raised her hand, and then with hands on her hips, said, “Mr. S, I can’t work like this!”




Burma News Rollup: Aung San Suu Kyi Freedom Edition

As expected, the election was a farce. But now, a few days later, the more momentous event: after 20 years in and out of house arrest, today Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is free.

Here’s a round-up of some of the coverage in the news:

President Obama made a few comments from Japan, where he is attending the G20 summit:

While the Burmese regime has gone to extraordinary lengths to isolate and silence Aung San Suu Kyi, she has continued her brave fight for democracy, peace, and change in Burma. She is a hero of mine and a source of inspiration for all who work to advance basic human rights in Burma and around the world.

One member of the crowd greeting Daw Aung San Suu Kyi outside her house caught this video of the joyous moment (via The Lede):

Of course, while Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is technically free from her prolonged unjustified sentence, many questions remain. How long will she be free before the regime finds some absurd reason to imprison her again? And while this event may give some hope to an otherwise disheartened and discouraged democracy movement, it is tempered by the fact that over 2000 political activists remain in prison and the junta is still in control after the “election.”