“A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.”
~Moslih Eddin Saadi
We are SO lucky! One of the Blogging Hawks’ GRANDPARENTS are travelling through INDIA right now! India happens to be one of the FOUR countries we explore in our Grade Three Social Studies curriculum! We have received SEVERAL emails with the most WONDERFUL pictures and descriptions of their travelling adventures!
We were actually SO close to SKYPING with them, one morning last week, which would have been a TRULY amazing experience because WE discovered that India is 11 1/2 hours AHEAD of us. That means that at 9:00 am OUR time … it would be 8:30 PM in INDIA!!! It’s pretty hard to Skype with ANYONE in India, during SCHOOL hours, unless you are LUCKY enough to have GRANDPARENTS who are willing AND able to connect IN-BETWEEN their adventures! Phew … OURS wanted to … but … SKYPE wasn’t behaving for us! Don’t worry … we are persistent!!! We don’t give up EASILY in the face of a challenge!!! So … now that Skype is “FIXED” … we WILL find time to connect with these amazing Grandparents … even if it is AFTER they are back at HOME … so that we can ask them even MORE questions! 😉
As ALWAYS, when we DISCOVER something … we wonder EVEN more!!! It’s CRAZY how that happens! This post will share just SOME of our wonders and SOME of our discoveries while learning through “The Grandparent Travel Diaries”! We are SO grateful to Carter’s Grandparents for sharing their adventures with us, for deepening our understanding … and for helping us to FURTHER wonder about the world around us!
Recently, we received an email from them telling us about the wonderful saris that some Indian women wear. We discovered that not ALL Indian women wear these beautiful dresses made from a long, LONG length of fabric. (Sometimes that fabric can be over NINE METRES in length!) WOW! Many women dress the same way that WE do … but … MANY wear saris. We ALSO discovered that saris are wrapped in DIFFERENT ways … depending on what REGION you are in in India!
Mrs. Renton brought HER sari in to show us. It was GORGEOUS but we couldn’t even BEGIN to imagine how to WRAP that much material so that it would look as BEAUTIFUL as the one that Carter’s beautiful GRANDMOTHER was wearing:
Well … WOULDN’T you know it … THAT’S where the INTERNET helped us out! Last year, while dressing her marionette in traditional Indian clothing, even Mrs. RENTON didn’t know how to wrap a sari. She found an AMAZING video showing her EXACTLY what to do!
You will giggle … but just about EVERYONE wanted to wear the sari! How much FUN is THAT? We actually even had to “draw popsicle sticks” so that it would be FAIR! Don’t worry, we’ll probably wrapping the sari for WEEKS to come so that EVERYONE who WANTS a turn gets to try it on! So … we WATCHED the video, and PAUSED the video … and “REWOUND” the video … and wrapped … and TUCKED … and FOLDED … and wrapped some more!!! We hope you enjoy the slideshow … we had a TON of fun trying to wrap this sari “professionally”.
GULP … it was HARD … but … we know PRACTICE makes PERFECT! *The photos for this slideshow were taken by one of the Blogging Hawks. THANKS, Riley, for CAPTURING our ANTICS!
We EVEN discovered that MANY old saris are “reworked” into GORGEOUS table runners and wall hangings and then sold at market:
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure.
There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
- Have YOU ever tried to wrap a sari? We’d LOVE to hear about it!