Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wordy Wednesday #51: Past Times

Guess where I went today? I went back in time, to Colonial Days, to hang out with a bunch of 10- and 11-year-old boys and girls, trying to keep them occupied during a time of year when chores were fewer than normal and the daylight hours seemed in sufficient quantity.

Some kids were apprentices, learning the finer arts of weaving and candle-making. Others were just horsing around, as kids that age often do, playing jacks and rolling big hoops and running relay races.

The kids in my care? Why they were making some mighty fine sweet bags, mixing different herbs and crushed flowers to make lovely sachets. Some of the boys tried to make stink bags rather than sweet bags, but I crushed their spirits as finely as any mortar and pestle could do. It's spring time in the colonies. What a grand time to be a kid.

Smelly Bags


D... said...

My son's class did this a couple of weeks ago. The parents even had to sign a permission slip allowing the teacher to "spank" them if they broke any of George Washington's rules. Bear got spanked three times! Ha! I was witness to one of them, it was all pretend.

They went to church, a tavern, William & Mary College (boys) and Dame School (girls), slave quarters, Governor's Palace, and shoemaker shop.

Anyway, the kids had a great time! I'm sure the CA kids did as well.

Sian said...

History is addictive stuff. You watch it, you'll be running around in long skirts and a mob cap before you know it. Re-enacting here you come!

Janet said...

That sounds like too much fun. There are a few of those kinds of places around here and I'm looking forward to taking the kids when they're old enough. I'm pretty sure the schools don't ever take advantage of them.


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