Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Today’s thankful: It wasn’t an angry bird

I noticed my dryer has been taking two cycles to dry the clothes, which means the vent in the side of the house needs to be cleaned out. I went to the side of the house, stepped up on my air conditioning unit, and reached up to pluck what I expected to be wet lint from my vent. What happened instead is that a bird had built its nest in my vent and it was a BIRD that came flying out of my vent when I stuck my hand in there. I am very thankful that I didn’t fall off the air conditioner when it shot out, as it scared the snot out of me. More than that, though, I am extremely glad it wasn’t an angry, attack bird.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Today’s thankful: It was a substitute teacher

At the dinner table this evening, Youngest informed us that they had a substitute teacher today. During the spelling portion of the day, the students were to make up sentences using their spelling words. Then they were going over them in class. Youngest said, “I got to read my sentence with the word found. I wrote, ‘I found some poop.’ The whole class laughed. I didn’t get to do any more sentences.”

Monday, April 9, 2012

Today’s thankful: Back to school

Tiny person was home with me for nine straight days over spring break. ‘Nuf said?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Today’s thankful: I learned to dole out truth slowly

A few months ago, Youngest asked about the tooth fairy. Since she is getting close to seven years old, I decided to tell her the truth. She took the news very well. I toyed with telling her everything, but after my experience with Eldest, decided to let her ask about each magical being on her own. With Eldest, I thought it would be less painful to just get all the bad news over at once, so when she asked about the Easter Bunny, I told her about all of them. She yelled, “I only asked you about the Easter Bunny!”
So not terribly long ago I started taking Youngest’s innocence with the tooth fairy. Yesterday she asked me about Santa. I told her the truth, including the part about him being a symbol of the magic of giving to others. She took the news like a trooper, then went to her room and sobbed. She wouldn’t let me in for a while. It broke my heart. When she finally let me in, I assured her that nothing would change, since it had been me all along. That information lessened the sting a bit, thankfully.
About an hour after the Santa incident, Youngest came to me and said, “The Easter Bunny is real.” I asked if she was telling me or asking me. She said, “telling.” I asked why she thought he was real, and she informed me that the bunny brings jelly beans. I said, “Don’t they sell jelly beans in the store?” She informed me, with a DUH! sound in her voice, that the store is where he gets the jelly beans. I guess a girl can only handle so much truth at a time.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Today’s thankful: I don’t need to take a class -- again

Youngest was less than pleased with the food I presented to her highness for lunch. After the food battle over six bites of broccoli and homemade mac and cheese ensued. About an hour after she finished her last bite, she asked me if there was a class you could take to make sure you don’t kill anyone with your cooking. Well, there kind of is, but I have already taken and passed it. Instead of admitting to her that there is such a class, I opted instead to remind her that I haven’t managed to kill her with my cooking yet and don’t plan to start now.