Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Post Office Tour

I decided to try using descriptive titles for a while. If I ever wanted to look for something, the date wouldn't help me find it but a memory jog of what we did that day/week/month might. Blogger does a great job or archiving by month anyway.

Today we went on a tour of a local post office. The one thing that REALLY surprised me was the guy in the "hand-sort" station. He would read the addresses and put them into a slot for the correct route. There were at least 100 slots. He had people in our group (who were local to that post office) tell him their address and he told them their route number with no hesitation. We were all impressed. When asked how long it took him to memorize all that, he said about a week. All of our jaws dropped. We figured it would take at least a couple months to memorize all that, but he said that the repetition of it made it sink in really fast.

The only bad part of it was, sadly, the behavior of my children. *sigh* Cassia was acting like her normal 3-yr-old self, which was easy enough to control by keeping her at my side but Cameron was also acting a bit like a 3 yr old. Whenever he gets together with S5 they just go crazy. It's fine when we're at home or at a park but when we're in a public place, or worse on a tour, I just cannot tolerate that craziness! They were really disruptive and not listening at ALL. Over and over and over and over I reprimanded him. I was livid. Even S5's mom, MomJ, got to the point where she said that they couldn't stand next to one another anymore - and she's usually very permissive of craziness. Ugh, I couldn't get out of there fast enough. And then we stopped by Target to see if they had these bamboo blinds I want in the right size (they didn't) and they were crazy in there too. And then we get home... perfectly calm and well-behaved. *sigh* So, why is it that I cannot take my children out in public???

We never got around to any bookwork today even though we had planned on it. Cameron was way too involved in LEGOs. He was building some really cool things today. I'm still trying to catch up on laundry from our weekend away, so I didn't mind too much. We did find the time to watch Disney's Robin Hood for the second day in a row. It's such a good movie. During dinner we were talking about it and I mentioned that we actually had the book, Robin Hood and Cameron asked if we could read it. The boy who won't even sit through a beginner chapter book wants to listen to a 350 page novel? LOL! I did read the preface to them while they were finishing up their dinner and I think he realized that it might be a little above his level. Someone gave them The Chronicles of Narnia for Christmas and I can't wait to read it to them, but I still think even that is above their attention span right now. Maybe in six months or so.

I've got to get everyone in bed now so that I can continue MY reading of Narnia. ;)


G said...

This is evil of me, but I feel better knowing it's not only MY kids that are insane in public! I had to go out yesterday evening to Target to pick up a few odds and ends, and they both were terrible. Then at home, they were fine again!
We've been watching Robin Hood too, since C.O. got it for Christmas. Have you seen the Narnia movie? Those are some of my alltime favorite books.

Pixilated Mum said...

I'm not the only one? I could have sworn that I am. Wow.

It's so terrible when kids do act up. I always get blushing and fumbling when it happens. (HUG)

I totally forgot about "Robin Hood." I'll have to check out the movie on Netflix! Thanks for the tip.

Maria, who is finally blogging and commenting again!