This is the last week of school for the kiddos in Pensacola. My daughter Cecilia's pre-Kindergarten class put on a little show last night for their end-of-year International Day, complete with parade, songs, and a potluck for the families. When the announcement was circulated last month, we were asked to pick a country, make a flag, and help our kids dress up as someone from that place. Rather than selecting one of the many ethnicities that make up our family (primarily Russian on my side, and Greek/English on my husband's), I convinced her to be from my adopted culture -- Ancient Rome. Besides, we already had a little gladiator-esque costume that I picked up from Caesar's Palace (of course) in Las Vegas a couple years back (I got the "boy" costume because the "girl" costume was a really boring white sheath), and my kid already has Latin-inspired praenomina (Caecilia Livia) and cognomen ("Chickpea," which is where the name Cicero comes from and is also based on the Italian nickname Cece). We even printed out the SPQR standard for her flag.
|Eat like the Romans eat!|
- Homemade focaccia
- Olives (I only had Spanish olives in the pantry)
- Simple chickpea salad (toss with diced onions, parsley, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper to taste)
- Provolone (figured the kids wouldn't eat parmigiano reggiano, which is probably the closest to ancient Roman cheese we have today