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Telling About Harmful Behavior

Posted on 2015.09.13 at 22:20
I have a game I play each weekend, where I lose the 6" cord that connects my phone to my computer, and thus I can't get any photos off my phone. It's the worst game. Every weekend I distinctly remember where I put it: in my designated electronics spot. Each following weekend I can't find it. This weekend I got increasingly anxious until Jammies took sympathy and re-checked the spot where I swore I put it. It was in there after all. Yay-grimace.

Ace has lost her toddler belly. Her limbs are stretching out and her face is lengthening. I suppose mine is too.

Here's what her face looked like six months ago:

Tinge of sadness, loss of prior selves.

Rascal needs a haircut. It drives me crazy that it's in his eyes. I'm not opposed to pinning it back with a barrette, but that doesn't seem like a longterm solution unless we're actually growing his hair out.

On the other hand, I can't imagine handing a wriggly baby over to a barber.  So we just home-trimmed.

Before, after. Now he looks a bit tidier.

Blue monkey parent, blue monkey baby, new replacement Toothless the Dragon, little red panda:

There are two red pandas but one went missing at the time of the photo.  But really, those monkeys:

The mama monkey has functional arms and legs. (Need I say that these are all the work of Messily?)

We went to the Heebieville Pride Festival:

I had a chili mango sno-cone, which was delicious.

I mostly like the rooster's expression in conjunction with the theme of this coloring page:

It's an unusually quiet weekend. No one has just moved into our house, no one is out of town at the race car, we are not at the beach. The weather is unseasonably pleasant. Not yet feeling like fall, but pleasant.

This is the opposite of early spring ennui. It's like Early Bedtime calmness. Maybe it's just because all the kids are in the back of the house and I like to eavesdrop from afar. (My favorite thing is, when camping, to go to bed early and then just eavesdrop on everyone who is still around the campfire, acting up.)(My real favorite thing would be to bring my sleeping bag over to the campfire and sleep there, but I am a slavish devotee of social norms.)

Will I miss this intensely regimented life once the kids are a bit older? Right now everything is precisely organized around physical tasks - buckle up! bathe the kids! set out the dinner plates! put on this sock! Later on it will be differently-regimented. Does this offer emotional respite because it's relatively easy to have a firm sense of right and wrong? (ie, the right thing to do is go grocery shopping. The wrong thing to do is not buckle the kids in their car seats. It's all straightforward.)

It's also possible I am a simplistic person who declares things right or wrong without much fussing and ruminating. (That is almost certainly true.  Then someone smarter proposes a more sophisticated view of the issue. Like a flake, I just abandon my convictions and adopt their smarter convictions.) In this case, life will feel easier when the physical tasks are reduced. But I'll probably feel sad about it all the same. Look at their cute lengthening faces.

Pokey begins piano lessons tomorrow. I'm apprehensive about this. For the most part, practicing with Hawaii is about 50% fine and 50% a pill. I'm a bit indulgent because of the intense profound understanding that I did the exact same bullshit with my own mother thirty years ago. With Pokey, I fear that he won't get as upset as Hawaii, but that he'll be more incalcitrant. That it will be much more work to get him to engage.

I have a mushpile of thoughts lately about:
1. how our emotions and thoughts become fine-tuned and less intense as we age.
2. how kids need attention and also need to be left alone.


Jeremy Osner at 2015-09-14 12:27 (UTC) (Link)
Hint, get help from your kids in keeping track of electronics. They are much better at it than adults ime.
(Anonymous) at 2015-09-14 12:55 (UTC) (Link)
Really? Our kids lose track of things they're actively using. At what age does this kick in?
heebie_geebie at 2015-09-14 12:56 (UTC) (Link)
That was me. The captcha was so fun that I didn't stop to log in.
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