Well hi there, long time no see. It's become apparent this past holiday weekend that I'm not allowed to stop blogging. I've been told this at point blank by several outlets. So, somehow it seems I will need to find a way to eek in a little blogging to keeping the angry mobs at bay. I was even told by one person that they need my blog to remind themselves they're existence is normal. I think that's a compliment though it may, in fact, not be. So here we go, once more into the fray:
A lot of parents, and I believe especially fathers, fear that day when their child exceeds them. They've grown taller, stronger, faster, more successful - whatever your vice. For me it's "smarter". I pride myself on being somewhat intelligent and, though I pray for it every day, I'm worried for that moment they outsmart me. And here's the scariest part. ... we're not that far from it. Last night I was herding the girls upstairs for bath and negotiating the terms of tonight's endeavor.. I started at 1 Disney Princess doll per girl in the bath. They countered at 4, I offered 2. They re-countered at 3 and I held my ground at 2 to which they claimed Rosaline counted as a body and the total should still be 6. I nixed the Rosaline argument as you must be able to say the word "Princess" before you can claim rights to representation. They conceded and went to choose their dolls. I followed behind and started growing suspicious when Arianna told me I couldn't come in her room while she chose her dolls. ... something was going on. I started to climb the stairs and stopped on the landing to make sure they were following. Genevieve ran by and bounded up the stairs. Arianna followed with a sideways gate, hand behind her and front facing me the whole time. ... eyes locked dead on me like a thief on the security camera. "What's behind your back?" I asked. "Two baby dolls" she said earnestly. The specifics gave her away - she'll learn that soon enough. "Let me see." I requested. "No." she firmly replied. "Why" I asked her, waiting for her to give up. "Because there are only two." A stair down ensued briefly to which I told her then she could only have one baby. She agreed on two and returned the stow away. As she ran back to her room to drop of the extra I couldn't help but laugh. Laugh, and wipe away the sweat on brow. I won this round. ... I'm not sure how many victories of wit I have left here.