Re-Imagining the Classics
by Trisha Williams
Who would the twenty-nine pilgrims from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales be if we met them today? What would they be wearing? Where would they be going? These questions must be answered by my students as they attempt to modernize the Prologue of the medieval classic. The point of this project is to demonstrate how timeless the rascally bard’s rhyming characterizations can still be today. Another point is to compare and contrast the vastly different worldview of medieval society that saw God as sovereign with a contemporary society that likes to pretend He isn’t. The Wife of Bath becomes a character from “Desperate Housewives” reality TV, the Knight a retired army General, and the meek Parson somehow always a pastor from small-town Iowa. Their destination, instead of pilgrimaging to the bones of martyr Thomas Becket at the famous Canterbury Cathedral, might be Disneyland, the Mall of America, Las Vegas, or someplace else seemingly devoid of eternal significance.
After three months of late nights, even later mornings, and shuffling kids from one camp to the next, parents may be starving for routine again. Soon children will start back into a daily rhythm of sleep-school-play and they’ll need sustenance to keep them going. For that we’ve rounded up some delicious and healthy snacks that are even fun to make together. There’s a little something for everyone—sweet, salty, heavy, light—and the recipes are flexible for kids who have allergies. So next time you need a break, try making one of our snack recipes HERE.
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