August 05, 2005

Parmi les Fauves*

I spent the morning at summer camp. It was the last day of the Girl Child's summer camp and they were putting on a little skit they had been working on in drama class. She was very excited and, despite the fact that it seems as if I have been out of the office more than I have been in the office, I decided to take the morning off and attend. After all, ten years from now I will not remember what I did in the office this Friday but I will remember attending her little skit in ten years.

It was charming. They were "going on a bear hunt" and acted out the whole little story. They put the Girl Child smack in the middle of the line of kids, I think because she's so tall, and she did just fine. Then they gave out t-shirts to the kids. The counselors all made t-shirts for each child and presented them with a few remarks about why each child received that particular shirt. The Girl Child was given the most creative camper award t-shirt, for all of her creative work in art class and because she loved doing the art projects so much. The expression on her face was priceless. She was so self-consciously pleased with her t-shirt.

And then we left them to their devices for the remainder of the camp day. But her counselors had nice things to say about her to me ("she's sooooo smart"; "she made so many friends"; "she was up for anything we did") and her drama teacher said that the Girl Child was fearless and enthusiastic and a big risk taker. All of this, of course, was music to my ears. Nice music, not industrial grunge, just to be clear.

Otherwise, we didn't even mind being outside for this as the temperature was already 87 degrees by 10:00 a.m.

It was a very sweet morning.

*Any takers for telling me what the title of this post is a reference to? Without using a search engine, of course. I bet a number of you erudite readers know what this is.

Posted by Random Penseur at August 5, 2005 01:53 PM | TrackBack

6 things popped into my head in the following sequence when I read the title:
Art - Fauvism style - Seurat; and
collection of stories by Manguin relating to nature/animals

I guess I'll come back Monday to read what you were referring to.

Posted by: Michele at August 5, 2005 10:32 PM

I just know the painters called Fauves, "wild beasts," for their colorful, creative, wild child-like style.

Posted by: Amy at August 7, 2005 08:50 AM

Well, you both win. It was a Paris art exhibition at which the critic, who saw a bust by Donnatello among all the paintings by Matisse and others remarked: Donatello parmi les fauves. Or, Donatello among the wild animals. Thus giving the name to the Fauvist school of painting.

Thanks for playing! I knew I had me some erudite readers!

Posted by: RP at August 8, 2005 12:25 PM

I was going to say "The Teddy Bear Picnic". Pretty much the same when you get down to basics.

Posted by: Jim at August 15, 2005 09:37 PM
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