During the last week of August Kaleya was on television! Her school was featured in the local news for the changes that the new principal, Jahi Rohrer, is trying to make to help bring the school up.
Kaleya can be seen at 0:58, at the end of the row of students doing their morning cheer.
Though we withdrew Kaleya from the school just two days after this aired, it was still cool to see. Kalonji is President of the Parent-Teacher organization and he will still be involved with the group. However, we felt for Kaleya’s best interest that we needed to transfer her to a different school.
This weekend was another exciting weekend for us. Miles has been accepted into a transportation engineering camp at Tennessee State University and this weekend was drop-off weekend. The camp lasts the entire month of June and he’ll be living on campus. The camp is for rising 10-12th graders and only has about 20 participants. We learned today that participants come from around the country, not just Nashville, so that was a pleasant surprise. See this blog post from last year to get an understanding of what the kids will be doing.
Yesterday, we dropped Miles off for camp.
This is going to be a great opportunity for Miles given his interests in pursuing engineering. Enjoy Miles!
Then, after we dropped him off, we went to Sweet CeCe’s. It was my first time there, but Kalonji has taken Kaleya before. Of course, it was good.
As we were leaving though, I had a moment of shame. It took me forever to understand the significance of the anchor in this football game ad.
Today, we did another Nashville first – our first visit to the Nashville Symphony. For this I need to greatly thank my co-worker Frances who used her ticket credits to purchase the tickets for us to go see the Pied Piper.
…but I have a confession to make – I actually did not know the full story of the Pied Piper, only knew bits and pieces. So I didn’t know what to expect. But it was great! The conductor began the show by describing the plot, then having the orchestra play music representative of the different characters in the story so that we’d know when the characters were involved during the musical performance. I think our favorite “character” was the music for the rats; it was very appropriate. On top of that, they had a performance group on stage acting out the story and the conductor continued to provide explanation. I think all the kids and adults alike enjoyed it – I know our family did!
When I went in the fall, it was Kaleya and I, so I’d been wanting to take the boys to visit – this was the perfect opportunity. We arrived at about 1:30 and spent the next couple of hours walking the grounds, playing around the ponds, and going through the museum.
The exhibits in the museum changed since my last visit and one I particularly enjoyed was the Red Grooms exhibit. We have some of his artwork displayed in the library where I work – the Eskind Biomedical Library at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. My favorite piece was cool, and I didn’t even get the name of it. You can see it at about 1:20 into the video below about Red Grooms and his wife. Red is a Nashville native so I really should make more of an effort to learn about his artwork.
In all, we had a great day today! Tomorrow, I look forward to staying in and relaxing though.
I am so tickled! Today, I taught Kaleya how to do latch hook. Latch hooking was the origin of my craftiness – I learned how to do it when I was about her age and would do it for about 10 years. My sister gave Kaleya an old rug that she’d made, so when I saw it, I realized Kaleya was about the right age.
She got a little bored with it, but hopefully, as we make it an activity we do together, she will become more interested.
Earlier this week, Kalonji and I attended an informative lecture at Vanderbilt’s Black Cultural Center. We’d only learned about it after my sister sent me the link, but we were so glad we were able to catch it! The lecture was given by Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The Schomburg Center is the premier place of research of African-American life and Kalonji and I are quite hopeful that we get to visit one day.
Generally speaking, Dr. Muhammad talked from a sociological-historical perspective on how statistics have been used to argue viewpoints on crime statistics of blacks and how it is important to look beyond the numbers in search of the background context. After the lecture, we had a chance to speak to Dr. Muhammad and even Jihad got a picture!
Now, despite having been at Vanderbilt for close to 12 years now, I’ve never been over to the Black Cultural Center. Guess there’s a first for everything. It is a nice building and I enjoyed the current art displays – art was by Tamara Madden.
We had an overall great night! Thanks Dr. Muhammad for the talk. Oh, did I mention that he is also a great-grandson of Elijah Muhammad? Kalonji got the biggest kick out of that!