Posted in *E*, *J*, Beloved, family, kids, tagged family, holidays, kids, Lawyer Moms, Moms, sex, thanksgiving on November 27, 2008|
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[not for the feint of heart]
Last night, E and I were sitting on the couch in our living room. We had gone out to see Twilight with friends, then to Starbucks for a post-movie warm drink (so why the kids ended up with frappucinos is beyond me …) We got home after 10. I was so tahd. I had a a tough day at work.
Because I am not all that traditional in my beliefs about “appropriate conversations with your kids,” I said, “E, I got my period today, and I have cramps.” She said, “oh, poor mommy.” And I said, “do you know when that means I will NEXT get my period?” She did some quick math in her head, and said, “oh! the 25th!” And I said, “of what month?” and she said, “Decemb … oh, that sucks.”
Beloved and I have been enjoying an increased intake of green beans lately. Law school is over, the stress of a first year at a new job is over, life is a little steady (even though he is in school …)
But we don’t like messy grean beans.
And so, on this Thanksgiving, we will be having some green beans in the traditional cream of mushroom soup with dried onions on top. And that is it.
Sorry, Tranny-head, for the boring green beans post. But I think it still counts.
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Posted in *E*, *J*, Beloved, family, kids, tagged family, kids on November 12, 2008|
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1) Beloved’s optimism. He is not, by nature, an optimistic boy. He was not, since March, an Obama fan, as I was. But now – he’s just full of (sorry …) hope and excitement. He loves what he’s seeing, and i love seeing him UNcynical about the way of the world.
2) J’s sense of humor. She is a very funny bird, and even after some tears and a minor catastrophe over a loose molar that she won’t wiggle and that may very well be impacted … she can crack jokes and make us all laugh until we want to pee our pants.
3) E’s Mandarin skills. How strange to have your offspring pick up a pen and create such very different language on a page. I can’t believe how quickly she became so confident with her pen dashing across the page making … (to me) pictures. She spent the later part of the evening writing out sentences for me in Mandarin characters, phonetic Mandarin, direct English translation, and conversational English translations. Wow! (The best part may be how much she loves it, and that this activity was something SHE chose to do, and had fun with.
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It’s 7:59 a.m., and I am back from voting. We brought the kids with, and were excited to see that the line was almost 30% kids.
As we were walking up to our polling place at 6:55 a.m., with a line already weaving around the building, I felt tears building. It was amazing.
I am so excited for this day. Like everyone is noting – it feels like Christmas. The building and anticipation of something really exciting and fantastic.
I only worry because if Santa doesn’t come this time, it doesn’t mean that we didn’t get the toy we wanted. It means so much more about the country’s future, and sadly, the prejudices and unfounded fears of many.
I will be so happy tonight when that ends up needless worry, and we can be ecstatic and jumping up and down and hopeful.
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