If you were to look in our front yard today, you would see four cities (although one is still in production.) They are complete with parks (with fountains and benches!), houses (with bathrooms and bedrooms!), schoolhouses, and courthouses. The four cities are Tagaste, Madaura, Carthage, and Rome. The roads to theses cities are kept in excellent condition. At first, I thought it was kind of silly but the more I thought about it, the cooler the idea was. My little sisters are so creative!!! They are studying Augustine in history right now and decided to build, out of all the fallen leaves, the cities he lived in at different times in his life. (They haven’t gotten to Hippo yet, they are going in chronological order.) I mean, when Caroline and I were younger, we used to build boats out of the leaves and we would have great adventures in our boats, but we never thought of building whole cities! We have a pretty big front yard and the whole thing is being used. The girls are going to be busy- the governor just commissioned them to build his mansion and the capitol building- by next Thursday! We are running out of leaves around here but we have a sweet elderly neighbor who has graciously agreed to let us rake her yard.
I have to be honest, the girls knew much more than I did about Augustine. So what did I do? I took their book about him and read it all yesterday! Now I know much more about their cities.
So be careful where you walk in our yard. You might end up lost in Carthage.