Tuesday, November 08, 2005

RTFM, if you please...

Four children today, only one of whom needs a stroller. A lovely fall day. Put those together, and you have all the elements of a bus outing. This imposing edifice, alternately called "The Castle Museum" or "The Dinosaur Museum" by the tots, was our destination. Nobody but tiny tots and a few tourists call it a castle, of course, and despite the engraving over the front doors, nobody except perhaps a few tourists call it the "Victoria Memorial Museum", either. This is the Canadian Museum of Nature. The museum is under massive renovation these days. Admission fees are now by voluntary donation. These dinosaurs out front are relatively new, and the kids were delighted to make their acquaintance. They spent ten very happy minutes clambering over mom and baby, at which point Mary decided to check out the plaque. This is a museum, after all, and the children are here to have an educational experience. Gee. Too bad I didn't wait another ten minutes or so to enrich their minds... It was great fun while it lasted!


Blogger Stephen (aka Q) said...

This is what caused the extinction of the dinosaur population, you know. Little children like your charges clambering all over them.

Death by a thousand pokes in the eye, and all those nasty little germs they carry, too.

11/08/2005 02:52:00 p.m.  
Blogger Bill said...

No big meteor ?

I knew it was children's fault all the time! :-)

11/08/2005 03:21:00 p.m.  
Blogger Candace said...

Wait till the scientists find out....

11/08/2005 04:10:00 p.m.  
Blogger Simon Peter said...

Shouldn't that post title be RTFS (Read The Fine Sign)?

It sounds like your charges are having entirely too much fun. This is childcare; isn't there supposed to be some screaming? You'll be telling me that you don't serve bread and water for lunch next.

11/08/2005 06:08:00 p.m.  
Blogger The June Cleaver Diaries said...

YAY!! I can't wait to go there when I'm Canadian next summer!

11/08/2005 08:40:00 p.m.  
Blogger Anon said...

tut tut tut mary poppins ^_^

11/09/2005 04:09:00 a.m.  
Blogger Aginoth said...

The thing is by climbing you dod nothing wrong

"Please do not climb" is a request not an Order,

had it said, "climbing on the statue is an offence under bye-law xx/xxxx, offenders will be shot then prosecuted" then that's a different matter.

As it is the kids had fun and there was nothing anyone could do to stop them climbing.

11/09/2005 04:35:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Q: "Death by a thousand pokes in the eye". Made me laugh out loud, that did. A slow and painful attrition of life...

Bill: Just about anything can be blamed on the children, if you have the mind.

Misfit: Scientists, pshaw. They keep trying to tell us that children didn't come along till gzillions of years later, but we parents know better their destructive powers. A mere meteor? A puny climate shift? Pshaw.

Simon: I figured you'd get the acronymn!

Chicken stew for lunch with biscuits - all home-made, I'll have you know. No, no screaming, excepting squeals of delight from Zach, who reaches impressive decibels in his moments of glee.

My children don't scream hardly ever - we've long since sorted that out! (As you knew, and were just kindly giving me the opening to say as much.)

SNM: Won't it be fun? If you ever do get to Ottawa, you'll know at least one native! By next summer, the renovations on the museum will be done, I think, so it'll be all shiny and new for you.

Si: I know, I know. I'm so ashamed...


Here's a joke for you, told to a friend of mine by an Australian friend of his:

Q: How do you get 200 drunken Canadians out of your swimming pool?

A: You say, "Would everyone get out of the pool, please?"

It's not too far off. :-)

While there are a few defensive sorts even here who would defy the sign because it wasn't an actual law with threat of punishment, most of us are mild-mannered enough ('specially we middle-class types who frequent museums!) that a "Please Do Not" sign is sufficient to keep order.

11/09/2005 08:20:00 a.m.  
Blogger LoryKC said...

1. Learn about transportation on a bus ride
2. Science and nature as we discover extinct creatures
3. Recess as we climb, climb and climb on those creatures
4. Language lesson as Mary reads the words that mean recess time has ended.
You had a full, educational day without ever entering the building!!!

11/09/2005 10:49:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Heeheehee... Yes, we did too go in! Have to save something for another day's blogging! But I thoroughly approve your list of educatonal objectives. Well done.

11/09/2005 12:39:00 p.m.  

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