Musings on Montessori and life from a teacher/guide/directress
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Well, I caved in to the pressure. The children wanted a new pet so badly after Robby (old as the hills guinea pig--see earlier entries) died prior to Thanksgiving. I wasn't quite ready, especially for another guinea pig. My children wanted the dog named Chip that had visited the room a few times (see earlier posts) but a school dog didn't seem a particularly good idea (that comment is my dry humor at work). So, I started investigating rabbits. There are several societies dedicated exclusively to the "house bunny" and I was able to find loads of information. My family and I started by touring the local Humane Societies and "test driving" the bunnies. After several weeks, we found Marley. He is a Mini-Rex and all of 3 pounds, although the vet says he is overweight (evidently, carrots are like bunny candy--who knew)? Marley is litter-box trained and loves to hop around our room. He hates tile, so we have a natural invisible fence in the environment. He loves to be pet, and goes into a submissive petting position when he is lonely. He nibbled at my assistant, so he may need to be neutered, although he is three and a half. I think he wanted to make her clothing his bed. Other than that, he is the best bunny and soft as down. There is a lot of bunny love going around Casa II!
I am a Montessori teacher who just completed my 10th year. I feel lucky to have found a calling that incorporates so many of my interests: music, theater, art, literature, and sports. I adore singing, tennis, and gardening. I have three fabulous children ranging in age from 14-21 (all Montessori-educated). Montessori opened up the world for me. I found out I love practical life and making beautiful things, which I have dubbed "Jane Austen Time."