Donkeys live a long time 6

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“Can we PLEASE get back to talking about Orwell’s Animal Farm now?” Sprite demanded. “I’m still worried about it.”

“I can’t see why she should be worried about it” stated Intellectual Dabrowski. “I made her read several study guides about the book. She understands the plot and the characters and the historical allegories.
If she is worried about it, I blame Imaginational!
He must have told her to imagine what it would be like to live in the story.”

The Memory Elephant had produced the mind map showing our blog posts about the discussions of the book and Wistful Black Dog was sitting nearby ready to comment about the failings of the past. The Pair O’Noids were tutting over the newspaper which had upset Sprite. Boxer and Clover and the chickens seemed to have moved in as residents of Sprite’s Site. And Psycho Motor Dabrowski was bouncing up and down barking distractingly that I must remember to write posts for upcoming Blog Hops.

“So, what is worrying you about Animal Farm?” I asked.

“Well,” said Sprite “I was wondering whether the individual citizens of a country are guilty of all the bad things that the leaders of their country do. As far as I can see the people vote for the person they want to represent them. So they are all responsible for putting people into a leadership position.

But children are not permitted to vote – so are children responsible for what leaders do?

And also, people choose who they want to vote for by comparing the promises the candidates make. But then, I read in the paper that politicians don’t always keep the promises they make. So people who voted for them are not getting the type of leaders they wanted. So are they still responsible for the bad things these leaders do?

And, if you don’t like what the leaders do, what can you do about it?”

“Knock, knock!” interrupted Psycho Motor
“Who’s there?” I asked dutifully
“It’s Interrupting Dog – just ignore him!” said Intellectual.
“Interrupting Dog Who?” asked Sprite.
“Oh, for Heaven’s sake, ignore him, Sprite!” growled Intellectual. “You have to stop distracting her, Psycho Motor!”
“Actually I am Interrupting Dog calling attention to the fact that Jo needs to write her post about ‘Gifted – How?’ for the Hoagies September Blog hop by tomorrow.

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“Thank you, Psycho Motor! Sorry everyone I have to go now” I said, thinking to myself that at least I was gaining a bit of thinking time to consider issues relating to politics and personal responsibility.

Donkeys live a long time 5: Intermission

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I returned to Sprite’s Site after a short time away in which I had been busy with updating the pages on my personal website
Creating Challenge http://www.giftedresources.org/jo/creatingchallenge.htm

52 Illustrations Challenge http://www.giftedresources.org/jo/52illustrations.htm

My Sky 365 Challenge http://www.giftedresources.org/jo/mysky.htm

I found that Sprite and company had been busy also. They were temporarily distracted from their concerns about George Orwell’s Animal Farm.
They were preparing for World Art Drop Day on 2 September 2014.
http://mrjakeparker.com/art-drop-day
I told them that I am planning to participate in World Art Drop Day too and was considering where to leave a picture for someone to find and how I could give a clue about the location via Facebook or Twitter.

They were also creating art which featured dots for International Dot Day on 15 September 2014 http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/
Sprite reminded me that she had enjoyed Dot Day in the past https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/08/25/international-dot-day-15-september-2010/  and that Intellectual Dabrowski had insisted that she should put the date on the calendar the Memory Elephant gave her so that she would not miss the event. https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/keeping-calendars/
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But, if I thought that Sprite had forgotten about the Animal Farm discussions, I was wrong!
“We haven’t finished talking about Animal Farm yet!” she said.

“No and we have not re- evaluated your learning plan either” I said “Last time we talked about it was at The Meeting https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/the-meeting/

“But I have already been tested and have an education plan” said Sprite “Why do I need any more?”

“Well” I said. “Situations change. It is just the same as being remeasured when you are fitted for new shoes. It is like going to the doctor regularly for a check up if you have high blood pressure and have been given a prescription – you need to check that the medication is still working and nothing has changed.”

“Do you have high blood pressure?” asked Sprite. “Does that mean you are going to die?”

“I’m fine” I said “I am not planning on dying any time soon but everybody will die sometime”
“Will I die when you die?” Sprite asked.

I have had conversations about death and life after death with many people.
I have talked about death with a two year old when her grandpa died and we found an empty spider skin. I have talked about heaven with a three year old and infinity with a five year old.

But I had never contemplated having a discussion about the likelihood or otherwise of a fictional character living after the author’s death with said fictional character.
“I don’t know!” I said.