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A simple observation

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on here, so I thought I’d share this little experience.

Alex was playing with his trains, and he asked me if Toby was a steam engine or a diesel engine. I admitted that I didn’t know and suggested that he was steam engine. He pauses, and says, “No! He doesn’t have anything on top of him [like the steam engines do].” I didn’t even think to pay attention to a detail like that, and was amazed by his simple observation. Sometimes the answers to our questions are sitting right in front of us, and we don’t even realize it.

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I’ve been reading Jenny Lawson’s (The Bloggess) book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, and her wonderfully crazy stories have inspired me to share my own. By the way, if you aren’t reading this book AND her blog, go now. It is one of the funniest books I have ever read, and also the funniest blog. Most especially the post about Beyonce, the giant metal chicken. If that doesn’t make you laugh, then we can’t be friends anymore.

When I was about 9 or 10, my dad almost got me kidnapped. It sounds crazy, but it’s totally true. One day my dad needed to go the liquor store. My dad was an alcoholic, so liquor store trips were very common. As we were leaving the store, the first thing I noticed was a Corvette sitting out front, and I nearly lost my shit. You see, my absolute favorite car was (and still is) a Corvette, and being as we were poor, there weren’t many (by which I mean absolutely none) in my life. My dad, always wanting to encourage my obsession, let me spend the next few moments looking and drooling over it.

The owner eventually came out, and he and my dad started up a conversation about technical car stuff I didn’t care about. However, coming through the techno-car-speak, I heard him utter the most wonderful phrase I had ever heard up until that point in my life.

“I can take her for a quick ride if you want.”

My dad’s response to this? “That’d be great!”

My response? More drool with added convulsions of euphoria.

It’s at this moment, I’d like to note, that my dad had never met this man before in his life. The other thing to note, if you’re not familiar with Corvettes, is they only have two seats, which means my dad couldn’t come with me.

I certainly saw nothing wrong with this, and apparently, my father – the man I entrusted my life with on a daily basis – didn’t either, until I was in the car speeding away down route 46.

His thought at this moment was, “What the fuck did I just do?” (My dad cussed a lot.) And his following thoughts centered around the hope that the stranger (who seemed like an upstanding individual, but neither of us had a way of truly knowing) would bring me back.

My thoughts at this moment were, “OMG this is the most amazing thing in my life! I can’t believe I’m in a Corvette!! Does life get any better than this???”

The ride was smooth, like nothing I had ever experienced in my dad’s fixer-uppers. The interior was leather and luxurious, and I just soaked it all in. I knew that I would never experience such luxury again, or at least it would be very far in the future. I don’t remember much about the owner, except that he was nice. And I vaguely think he said he had children. Overall, I got the feeling he was just happy to make a little girls dreams come true.

When we got back to the liquor store, I remember the look of relief on my dad’s face, and it struck me as a little odd. On the way home, he explained to me how he felt like an idiot for letting me get in a car with a complete stranger. He didn’t think about a possible kidnapping, because he was so caught up in my joy and excitement. He apologized and I told him it was ok. I mean, I got to ride in a Corvette, what did I care? My mother, however, was a little less understanding. “You did what? What the hell were you thinking, Ralph?!?”

That was the first time I got to ride in the Corvette. The second time, my dad almost killed me.

Yesterday, while walking outside, Aaron started mocking a bird on a roof by making rather convincing bird noises. This confused Alex to no end, resulting in a lengthy discussion about Aaron’s pet bird. Alex had a hard time understanding that daddy could have a bird as a pet, and there were many questions. We thought we were done with the conversation until this happened:

Alex: Daddy, why do you have a bird in your tummy?

Me: A bird in his tummy?!?

Aaron: I don’t have a bird in my tummy. What are you talking about?

We assume he means that he is talking about Aaron’s pet bird, and proceed to explain it to him. He interrupts us.

Alex: No, no, no! Why do you have a bird in your throat?

This results in more confusion until realization hits us.

Aaron: Honey, I didn’t swallow a bird. I just make those noises with my mouth.

Alex: Oh, ok.

I love the imaginations of small children.

Questions…

From my friend Laura, 11 questions to answer.

1. What is your favorite Girl Scout cookie?
I love Samoas (or Caramel DeLites), which is really funny because I cannot stand coconut.

2. What is the one item on which you always splurge?
Hair care. Hair cuts, hair products. I care about my hair, even though I almost always style it boringly straight. I actually have curly, frizzy hair….more frizz than curl, though. I use Aveda products mostly.

3. What’s the best book you’ve read in the last 10 years?
That’s a tough question, because there have been so many. The one that has stuck with me the most, and the one that comes immediately to mind is Oryx and Crake. I don’t know why, but it stays with me. The sequel does, too.

4. What is your favorite summer drink?
I’m assuming we’re talking about alcoholic drinks. If I had to pick one it’d be a Lemon Drop, I suppose. Otherwise, I’m boring. I just like iced tea.

5. Spring or fall?
Fall. I love the color change…the rich oranges, reds, and browns. And I also like the cold.

6. If you are not doing your dream job right now, what would it be?
I’d be on Broadway.

7. Is there a better movie role model than Maude?
This is horrible, but I have never watched Harold and Maude. BUT, it is on my netflix queue now. It’s one of those movies I’ve always wanted to watch, but just have never gotten around to.

8. If you had $100 to spend at Target, what would you buy?
Only $100? Ha! …I shop at Target so often…too often. At this moment in time, I’d be in the housewares section. I need new glasses, and maybe some new dishes. Probably some cake pans and the like.

9. Have you ever tried boxed wine? If it was good, what was the brand?
I think I must have at some point in my life, but I don’t remember the quality.

10. If you could meet one blogger who would it be?
Alice Bradley from Finslippy, hands down. She’s brilliant and hilarious.

11. If I could photograph you doing anything, what would it be?
Singing. I have no pictures of me singing.

And there you have it!

Nothing Much

I’ll be honest. I just don’t have much to say tonight. Today was a good day. We gave our old futon to some good friends, and had a wonderful dinner at their house. That’s really about all I have tonight.

Family Photos

We had a family photo shoot today with my wonderful friend and amazing photographer Laura Case. I was a little worried going into it for lots of different reasons. To begin with, this was really our first photo shoot together as a family. I mean, people have snapped photos of us at events, etc., but for some silly reason we’ve never had professional portraits done. Also, Alex still has a cold, and I was worried about his temperament. I thought he was going to have a complete meltdown, but he didn’t! He cooperated (as well as a 3 year old can), and had a really good time.

She sent us some sneak peaks, and they are so awesome. I cannot wait to get the rest of them and get some prints made!

If you need to have family portraits done, Laura is the person to go to! She’s great with kids, and she’s an excellent photographer.

Still Sick

Alex is still sick. He rested and watched tv most of the day. Every once in awhile, he would try to play, but would rest his head on the couch. He even fell asleep in my arms watching Cars 2, which is something he rarely, if ever, does. I hope he feels better tomorrow.

Unfortunately for me, it meant not being able to teach this morning and missing the Girl Scout meeting this afternoon. Why does this stuff have to happen when Aaron is out of town?