"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Ronald K. Brown

We got tickets for this show MONTHS ago so of course we were stuck bringing Caden again who is not known for his scrupulous theatre manners. Luckily I was able to strategically starve him so he would sit for a portion of the show chowing on bits of peanut butter and jelly. I fully expected the tyrannical ushers to catch a whiff and prompty escort us out but we managed to fly just under the radar. Though everyone made it through the hour-long show, this will be our last visit to a theatre for awhile...

As no pictures are allowed inside, I snapped this shot as some of the kids played on the front steps of a building we hoped was not a private home...

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