Posted by: instanthausfrau | June 24, 2009


Lullaby Moon photo by Angela JohnsonSo, writing a blog about things to do with ones children is tough when confined by the dreaded Bed Rest Monster. It means I was not able to check out the wondrous Lullaby Moon as it dreamed it’s way through Seward Park on June 22nd, but there are still new moons on July 22, Aug 20, September 18 & 19, & October 18, where you can catch the monthly show as it drifts through public parks and spaces around Seattle. Friends who did get to attend said it was magical (and one took that photo during the show). Check back at their website for specific locations. Looks well worth staying up past bedtime for.

And even though I’m on couch arrest, I can still help my own Moon make her way through Summer Reading. Sign your child up at your local Seattle Public Library branch, and when they read (or have been read) 10 books, they will earn a free paperback book of their choice. As an added bonus, the completed Summer Reading certificate is good for free family admission to the Burke Museum this year. Books and dinosaurs. How can you go wrong?

Not sure what book to read? (Or, like another mom I know, dreading the nth repetition of that Lego Bionicals Graphic Novel?) Catherynne M. Valente, author of the amazing Scheherazade-esque Orphan’s Tales, is releasing her young adult novel for free online. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making will have new chapters available every Monday, and offers irresistible prose:

…September did not even wave good-bye. One ought not to judge her: all children are Heartless. They have not grown a heart yet, which is why they can climb high trees and say shocking things and leap so very high grown-up hearts flutter in terror. Hearts weigh quite a lot. That is why it takes so long to grow one. But, as in their reading and arithmetic and drawing, different children proceed at different speeds. (It is well known that reading quickens the growth of a heart like nothing else.) Some small ones are terrible and fey, Utterly Heartless. Some are dear and sweet and Hardly Heartless At All. September stood very generally in the middle on the day the Green Wind took her, Somewhat Heartless, and Somewhat Grown.

I am very grateful to have something to look forward to that causes no contractions when I try to enjoy it.



  1. […] Moon X: Gasworks Park Lullaby Moon: Seattle Art in the ParksMarking this occasion means I have survived a month of bed rest, for the magical and whimsical Lullaby Moon is coming again tonight! The performance is scheduled […]

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