One of my favorite blogs is 52brandnew.com. It is written by woman who lived in New Jersey who set out to do 52 New things in 2011. When she completed that, she is working through 2012 with a goal to do 52 brand new things with her children. Her posts are a delight to read and the photos capture the moments exceptionally well.
Licking a 9-volt battery was their first experience this year, and my husband I laughed together about this. I’d never heard of such a thing, and Emile remembered it from his youth.
Sunday was hot and cloudless, and we found ourselves all sitting outside – or playing with my nephew. I was letting the sun warm my swallow “been packing” skin. Until my husband pulled out the magnifying glasses – after all we had just finished lighting off our fire crackers inside a metal garage can. It was a wonder we could hear each other.
He handed one to me and taught me how to burn a wood chip. When I said to him “I’ve never done this before”, he answered “52 brand new”. I couldn’t believe how quickly wood or dead leaves started to burn and smoke. I felt that I could have turned to the house and burned it to the ground with just a turn of the glass.
Then – because most men really have little boys inside – my husband and brother-in-law decided to see how much they could handle burning their hands. They’d start with a large circle, then slowly pull the magnifying glass away until it burned them. They would quickly pull away wincing in pain. I’m not sure why two grown men would want to do this.
September 2nd, 2012 Extra-Ordinary: Our own 52 Brand New adventure. Because there isn’t much going on these days. Ha.
(sorry, no great pictures to capture the moment – we were all too involved in burning)