Asher: “How to Decode Viking Runes”

Today’s Weather:  High of 31 and low of 11.  Felt very chilly and looked like it was about to snow all day.  But it never did.

 

Today On The Ranch:  It was a quiet day ranch-wise.  Ben and Tawny fed the feedlot calves, as they do seven days a week this time of year.  Jacob rode the pens for health.  Out in the hills, the camp cowboys likely caked some of the mama cows, based on their own every-other-day schedules.  Here at headquarters, Beau took a can-full of gas to rescue a neighbor’s feed truck in need, and also gave a few instructions to the guy who stopped in to fix the heater that hangs over the top of the hydraulic chute in the processing shed.

Family-wise, all six of us made it to church.  (Check!)  We were all back home for a couple hours before the two big kids and I headed to their monthly 4-H meeting a little before 4 p.m.  First, Emi had a meeting with the Cloverbuds (those are the kids too young to be official 4-Hers), then Asher met with the Committee to Organize a Card Game for the Senior Citizens (!), and at 5 p.m. the 4-H meeting was officially underway.  This was a special meeting, because at the end of it Asher delivered his first official demonstration (like an illustrated talk) in front of his fellow 4-Hers.  His topic?  “How to Decode Viking Runes.”  That might seem like a bizarre topic for a 4-H demonstration, but though I had tried hard to steer him toward a topic choice that seemed more sensical to me (how to pack for camping, how to bake cookies, etc.), he would not be deterred from the Viking talk.

(He did have one other idea:  how to brain-tan a hide.  I decided that Vikings were the safer option.)

So for the past several days Asher had been preparing his demonstration:  working on his poster, putting together his talk based on facts gleaned from his favorite National Geographic book on Vikings, and honing his delivery.

I’ll assume anybody capable of reading my blog has a good grasp on who the Vikings were.  But in case you don’t know about runes, they are the symbols in the ancient Viking written language.  Historians find them at archeological digs, carved into rocks and sticks and jewelry and weapons.

And Asher thinks runes are super cool.  I wasn’t sure how he could convince a group of his peers (and bigger kids) that modern people need to know how to decode runes… but he made a pretty good bridge between decoding runes and learning about how people lived a thousand years ago.

So!  The demonstration went well.  In the heat of the moment, in front of the crowd, he left out about two-thirds of the facts he knows by heart which I had encouraged him to use in his speech… but it didn’t matter.  He got up there, he did it, his fellow 4-Hers probably know a little more about Vikings than they did before, and now we can cross it off our to-do list.

 

Today’s Best Pictures:

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