Friends, Romans, Countrymen

I had to keep Justin home today because he may or may not have strep throat, but definitely had a fever within the last 24 hours. He was feeling relatively well enough to be enough of a distraction at home that I couldn’t get any work done so we took advantage of the beautiful morning and headed out to the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, which is just a few miles away from our house.

He wasn’t up for much walking so we decided to take the narrated tram tour of the grounds. While we were waiting we sat down on a bench in the shade by the fountain near the visitor’s center and ate our breakfast. Justin didn’t have much, his poppy seed bread hurt his throat whenever he swallowed.

I could gaze at a fountain for hours. Two of my favorite cities, Rome and Kansas City, are number one and number two in the world, respectively, as far as the number of fountains within the city. Of course almost all kids like water and Justin, upon realizing that breakfast was a no go, set off to explore. He kept walking over to a plaque that was set up at the side of the pond. I didn’t read it, but I’m assuming it was a dedication to someone.

Finally he drifted back over to me and said, “Mom, it’s like on Charlie Brown!” I realized what he had been doing all along. He likes to watch a Peanuts short cartoon that is included on the It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown DVD. In that one Linus is running for class president, and at one point he speaks to the school assembly from behind a podium.

Justin wandered back over there and this time stayed there for awhile , so I grabbed this shot of him addressing the masses.

© Jennifer Alys Windholz, 2010

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