Angèle’s drawing of Mo Willems’s pigeon character on the left; Ellis’s on the right.
Not to scale.
Scrubs under surgical scrubs under labcoat, accessorized with stethescope, cowboy hat, and bandana.
Ellis almost always acts like the Big Brother, which by default makes Thalia the Little Sister. They’re only 2 minutes apart, but you’d think it was years based on the way Ellis acts. “Thalia, I’m very disappointed in you!” “Thalia, let me show you what to do.”
Occasionally, they switch roles.
In Denver, 1% of city construction budgets is required to be set aside for public art.
For two years in preschool, Ellis and Thalia’s class participated in weekly ballet classes — everyone except Ellis, who usually refused to participate and instead sat on a bench.
Now, though, they were both eager to take a dance class. We chose a combination ballet-tap class, because Ellis was drawn to the noisy shoes.
The class is for children age 4 to 6, but at 5 3/4, Ellis and Thalia towered over everyone.
The class starts calmly with ballet, then gets more exciting with tap,
then gets really exciting by finishing with a rave.
For the first time, because they are enrolled in Sunday school, Ellis and Thalia were part of the children’s choir for Rosh Hashanah services. They sang a song in Hebrew as well as One Day by Matisyahu. For weeks beforehand and afterward, we heard those two songs around the house nonstop.