This one time, mighty Amazin’ Grace backed out.
I hate putting it that way. I feel like a kid – especially a girl – isn’t bound to compete at every turn. I don’t want any of my girls to feel obligated to take up the fight, for themselves, their families, their race, their gender … their anything.
I learned a ton when Grace took the high road before.
So she didn’t sign up for the LEGO Ninjango Obstacle Course a few weeks ago. I wrote about it here on the CD. She’d even picked out a friend to sign up with. She’d planned it all out, which parts she’s excel and which were better suited for her friend. We’ll call her Jaylen.
The deadline came and went. Grace, normally one to jump headlong into anything … shrugged it off.
I’m fine with that. Winners in Charlotte got a spot to compete in nationals in California later this year. Grace is the kid I most want to fly with. Maybe we’ll find another way. You know, when she has a road trip when she plays at Wake Forest and wants to bring daddy.
Oh, and congratulations Holly – you’re the winner of the Ninjango LEGO set! I’ll email you for details.
1. Do some religions make girls cover their skin?
Yes. And it’s not as black-and-white an issue as you might imagine.
It’s part of Islam. It’s a proclamation of humility and modesty. It’s not required of all sects of Islam. Mostly, wearing the hijab – a head scarf – or niqab – a covering for a woman’s face – is her choice. Doing so takes attention away from a woman’s physical features.
It allows who she is spiritually and intellectually to shine through. Not unlike what your school dress code does for you, girls. It’s not about labels and styles when you’re there for learning. It’s about who you are, and levels the playing field – not entirely, but a bit.
On the other hand …
In a spiritual sense, and as a dad of three girls, it feels archaic, too, from my perspective. So much of your personality personifies physically – Elise’s braids, Marie’s long hair, Grace’s tall sock bun.
You’re strong and beautiful, and in reverence for what God has created, you do things.
You play soccer, you play catch. You sing, you hike, you wrestle. Some of what you are gets expressed in how you look.
3. Has a gorilla killed someone who fell into its habitat?
I couldn’t find a news story saying that one had, but I did learn of other incidents similar to what happened in Cincinnati in May – but with different endings.
1985 | Before zoo officials chose to shoot and kill a silverback gorilla after a 3-year-old boy fell into his habitat, other children faced less tragic fates. A 5-year-old boy fell into a gorilla habitat in a United Kingdom zoo.
A male gorilla named Jambo rushed to the child, who lay unconscious. The boy woke up crying. Jambo ran scared, and zoo officials rushed in for the rescue.
1995 | Another 3-year-old fell into a Chicago zoo’s gorilla enclosure. He too was knocked unconscious. Binti Jua, a female gorilla, picked up the boy, while her baby rode her back. Like a good mom, Binti carried the boy to a door zoo officials accessed the habitat.
What can we learn from this?
YOUNG KIDS ARE RESOURCEFUL | Elise, as a preschooler, nearly fell one story in the UNC Greensboro library. She and I attended a health fair there. As I spoke to someone at a booth, with Elise at my side, she snuck away for just an instant.
It was long enough to slip halfway through a railing. I caught her hand as she began to fall. Kids fit in places they shouldn’t.
ZOOS NEED CHILDPROOFING | We keep them out of cookie jars (mostly). We grownups ought to take stock of how we can keep kids out of zoo exhibits, too. At home, we crawl around to look for danger potential. Zoo directors could hit their knees, too.
MAYBE GORILLAS DON’T BELONG IN BOXES | I know, I’d hate to miss out on the chance to see them up close, too. My girls associate me with my primate brethren. It’s not worth it, though. If we can’t keep them safe, we shouldn’t keep them.
3. Can we get a hoverboard?
Like silverbacks and san francisco giants fans, perhaps it’s best to leave hoverboards in the wild. Where they can burn in peace.
Unlike silverbacks, there are plenty of knockoffs on the market. (No comment on giants fans.) A Phunkeeduck hoverboard would set me back $1500. That’s worth more than Gabi and my entire baseball card/Star Wars figure/sports jerseys collection.
They banned them at work. I’m not sad about that. This dipshit had one and thought it also came with a free pass to cut in the pizza line at the café. Seriously, run over my toes, my laptop, even my bag of sunflower seeds. Don’t get in the way of me and my pizza.
So, no, girls, no hoverboards for you. I can’t take the chance that next you’ll be wearing Google Glass.
4. Why are car dealerships right next to each other?
So the sales staff can see with simple binoculars the types of plaid sports coats the competition wears.
There are a couple of reasons. Auto purchases aren’t usually made on impulse, like banana chips or V-neck T-shirts. (What? I go with what I know.) Instead, a consumer does a little homework. A consumer also wants to go where it’s possible to see not only your favorite choice, but also choices B and C.
If your dealership sells choice E, but you’re halfway across town and not on the Auto Mile every metro area has, well, you’ll likely lose out to choice F.
Also, there’s zoning. Hazards from a car dealership operation aren’t the same as, say, a chicken restaurant or hipster clothing boutique. (Close, though.) There’s chemicals and gasoline, and highly coveted items, such as car parts, cash, and entire cars.
It’s easier to shop and to police when you’re all in a row.
5. How many Go Ask Daddy questions have you answered?
Like, officially, right here on this blog?
I’ll estimate about 80 posts that fit the Go Ask Daddy format lurk in folders and archives. They used to be called Five for Friday, and I stole the idea from Katherine Roady’s blog. I used to jot questions down in a yellow notebook. But what if I lost that notebook?
Actually, I did lose that notebook for a while.
At five questions per pop, and 80ish posts (let’s make it 85), that would make 423 questions researched, thought out, contemplated, then delivered every Friday.
At five questions per pop, and 80ish posts (let’s make it 85), that would make 423 questions researched, thought out, contemplated, then delivered every Friday. Know what? There’s another 300-plus waiting in line.
And imagine all the ones you’ve asked that I’ve forgotten before I could jot them down.
Keep on keeping on, girls. Thanks for making these posts necessary.