Friday, March 22, 2013

Some things

I keep on letting way too much time pass between posts. Here is some stuff from recent days.

Maggie - I'm going to be an astronaut when I grow up.

Me - That's awesome, Maggie. Why do you want to be an astronaut?

Maggie - So I can blast off into outer space and see the whole world!

Me - (trying not to melt from her cuteness) Well, that's great. You have to work really hard in school and do all your work if you want to be an astronaut.

Maggie - (stares at me for a minute) I don't want to be an astronaut, I was just kidding.

Um, we may have an underachiever among us, but she sure did make me laugh hard with that one.

And here is  a typical conversation from Anthony that we have just about everyday.

Anthony - Mom, do we have hydrogen peroxide, bleach and matches?

Me - No. Just no.

Anthony - No we don't have those things, or no, we do have them but you won't let me have them?

Me - Get out!

He's a royal pain in the ass, but he makes me laugh. A lot.

Kate and I went to the library to see a talking presentation of two actors portraying Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln. Would you care for some highlights?

First, the audience. Kate and I were just about the only people in the room not eligible for AARP. We expected this as it was 2 pm and honestly, the only people who have leisure time at that hour are old people, and me and my kids. The crowd shook their heads yes and no a lot and laughed at all the right parts. By the way, who knew Abe Lincoln was such a hoot? I kept looking at Kate because I found the whole scene somewhat amusing and then she turned to me and told me to stop it. Yes, my fourteen year old does routinely have to tell me to behave.

Lincoln had a parenting style I quite like. He let his children do whatever they wanted because he believed children shouldn't be too restricted by parents and their rules. Parenting is hard and exhausting and I've spent an enormous amount of time and energy trying to get out of actually doing it. I don't mean I want to get rid of my kids, I just want to get out of having to parent them. When I learned today that the same man who championed the 13th amendment was lax in his parenting style I decided, hey, if it's good enough for him, it's good enough for me. This frees up a lot of my time.

Mary Todd Lincoln was a rather unpleasant person on occasion. She was given to ridiculous fits of hysteria over things that would have had other people simply shaking their head in mild annoyance. Oh Mary , you had me at ridiculous fits of hysteria. This particular behavior of hers wasn't news to me, but the following was -  one of the main reasons she wanted her husband to win re-election was because she had gotten herself into so much debt buying all manner of fancy things that if her husband won the race she would have four more years with which to hide her money troubles from him. Is it possible I am Mary Todd Lincoln reincarnated? The fits of hysteria, the hiding of money woes from spouse. If I had learned she picked her lips it would have been all over and I would have had no choice but to get up and leave. It would have been too much to bear.

The actor portraying Lincoln recited a few of Lincoln's speeches and would you believe I nearly cried while I was listening. What can I say. I am a hopeless sucker for the well written speech. I may also be getting my period soon.

I have included all of my children in this post except for my eldest. Hum, I think I can sum up the past few weeks from Jane by saying she has asked me to drive her to at least 4398 places. I said no to most of those requests. She's also been out and about with friends and since she's fresh out of babysitting money,  right before she heads out she asks me or her dad for money and she always says this, "but I mean I probably won't need it, it's just in case of emergency, I'll bring home the change." We all know how that ends.  Also, she wants her haircut and every night, right around 11:30 PM she asks why I haven't made an appointment for her to which I always say, why are you bringing this up at 11:30 at night. Remind me during the day. Then, the next day, around 11:30 pm, she asks me again when I will make her appointment. This has been going on for several days now. I guess since I have just written about it I should go make the appointment now while it's on my mind, but then I will miss her asking me tonight at 11:30 if I made the appointment, so no, I think I will not do that.

So there you have. A brief glimpse into my life the past few weeks. And yes, it is exactly as glamorous as it seems here in this post. Have a good weekend!


oneblessedmamma said...

AM- Too funny. I thought about the Lincoln thing, but that's as far as I got. I can relate on the underachiever thing--got a few of those myself. And I'm loving Lincoln's thoughts on child-rearing.

deborah said...

I did NOT know all those things about Mary Todd LIncoln!!!!
I love it all...
Your family continues to entertain with your posts...
Oh Maggie is not an underachiever-she's smart!!!!

Julie said...

It's always so exciting for me when I check here and there's a new post. Your writing makes me so happy!!!

Terri said...

hahaha Deborah! I was going to say the same thing about Maggie.

Anthony's antics always amuse me.

Tell Jane we'll put her on the babysitting list soon.