> The "Middle Wife" by an Anonymous 2nd
> grade teacher
> I've been teaching now for about fifteen
> years. I have two kids myself, but the best birth story I
> know is the one I saw in my own second grade classroom a few
> years back.
> When I
> was a kid, I loved show-and-tell. So I always have a few
> sessions with my students. It helps them get over shyness
> and usually, show-and-tell is pretty tame. Kids bring in pet
> turtles, model airplanes, pictures of fish they catch, stuff
> like that. And I never, ever place any boundaries or
> limitations on them. If they want to lug it in to school and
> talk about it, they're welcome.
> one day this little girl, Erica, a very bright, very
> outgoing kid, takes her turn and waddles up to the
> front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her
> holds up a snapshot of an infant. "This is Luke, my
> baby brother, and I'm going to tell you about his
> First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love, and
> then Dad put a seed in my Mom's stomach, and Luke grew
> in there. He ate for nine months through an umbrella
> She's standing there with her hands on the
> pillow, and I'm trying not to laugh and wishing I
> had my camcorder with me. The kids are watching her in
> "Then, about two Saturdays ago, my Mom
> starts saying and going, 'Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh!' Erica
> puts a hand behind her back and groans. "She walked
> around the house for, like an hour, 'Oh, oh, oh!'
> (Now this kid is doing a hysterical duck walk and
> "My Dad called the middle wife. She
> delivers babies, but she doesn't have a sign
> on the car like the Domino's man.. They got my Mom to
> lie down in bed
> this." (Then Erica lies down with her back against the
> "And then, pop! My Mom had this bag of
> water she kept in there in case he got thirsty, and it
> just blew up and spilled all over the bed,
> like psshhheew!" (This kid has her legs spread
> with her little hands miming water flowing away. It was
> too much!)
> "Then the middle wife starts saying
> 'push, push,' and 'breathe, breathe. They
> started counting, but never even got past ten. Then, all of
> a sudden, out comes my brother. He was covered in yucky
> stuff that they all said it was from Mom's
> play-center, so there must be a lot of toys inside
> Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and returned to
> her seat. I'm sure I applauded the loudest. Ever since
> then, when it's show-and-tell day, I bring my camcorder,
> just in case another "Middle Wife" comes
> you have two choices...laugh and close this page or pass
> this along to someone else to spread the laughs. I know what
> I did!!!
Pitt Meadow Air Show - July 19th starting at noon
Saturday, July 18
Annual Hangar Dance
1940's Swing Dance featuring the Bruce James Orchestra! Dinner, dance lessons, silent auction, cash bar. Please visit www.pittmeadowsairport.com or call 604-465-8977 for more info.
Sunday, July 19
2nd Annual Air Show
Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a full day of events featuring our 2nd Annual Air Show and a concert by Rick Tippe! Aircraft displays, Wings & Wheels car show, community marketplace, beer garden, kids activities and more!
Gates open at 10am; Air Show starts at Noon; Rick Tippe takes the stage at 4pm!
Purchase your tickets in advance to beat the lines! Visit www.pittmeadowsairport.com or call 604-465-8977 for more info.
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"Dust & Illusions" Documentary at Rio Theatre July 8th about Burning Man Festival History
"Dust & Illusions" was a documentary done by some French dude in San Francisco about the history of Burning Man Festival.
July 8th at the Rio Theatre on East Broadway near Commercial Drive.
I rushed to get there for the 9:00pm showing, only to stand in line for 1 HOUR! on the sidewalk... turns out the will call took a long time. I don't know what kind of drugs the BC Burner organizers were on... the whole theatre only seats about 300 people I think.... it does not take 1 hour to deal with Will Call...
The documentary was well done, but it felt like a visual splice of the event.... but did not give the big picture. It didn't showcase any of the musical aspect, downtalked the "Party" people and try to intellectualize everthing. It also did not talk about the amazing array of people that comes to Burning Man Festival from around the world. The film maker pretty much categorized the visitors as people who wanted to shot guns and have fun in the desert doing crazy shit, and artists that wants to make big physical art pieces. It subtley suggested the raver kids came later.... Never mentioning that world class DJs come out and people from all walks of life makes up this playa city, not just middle class white Americans who wants to get drunk on free booze!
I felt a bit offended as the documentary had tons of women who's naked dancing or looks like orgies.... it seem to sensationalize the event into what popular massive perception of Burning Man is....which is sad.
Just my two cents. I raised these questions, and the film maker didn't understand or couldn't answer my question, perhaps it was his french... or simply he was only ready for praise and nothing else. My sense is this documentary was not worth inhaling exhaust fume for 1 hour on East Broadway for, especially not for $15.
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