Monthly Archives: May 2013
Same Thing, Right?
In the grocery store tonight with my 7-year-old girl, as we breeze past the checkout lanes toward the bananas in the produce section:
The Goddess: Daddy, what’s a tampon?
Me: Well, it’s…you know when Mommy has her “lady time of month” and…
The Goddess: Oh, no! No no no no no no no…
(I pause, wondering why she’d be bothered by this discussion as often as topics of menstruation and PMS come up in the household)
The Goddess: …No, I mean…um…DADDY WHAT’S THAT THING YOU TALK ABOUT SOMETIMES AND YOU’VE TOLD ME THEY MAKE UP STORIES?!
Me (not missing a beat): Tabloids?
The Goddess: Yes! Daddy, how do they get the photos for those?
I answer her question and explain paparazzi and such but, really, all my mind can think of is: Tabloid. Tampon. Is there really much difference? They both soak up a lot of unpleasant material and get tossed away quickly.
Seeing the Silver Lining in a Squirrel Invasion
So, for the past couple days, we’ve been hearing scrabbling sounds in the wall near our washer and dryer in the kitchen of our big, old (more than a century) house. So, the wife and I have been concerned that mice, a rat, a chipmunk or a squirrel had somehow gotten up in there from the basement and was going to chew through our wires and cause our house to burn down at any moment.
We finally got someone to come out today, after we’d already determined it was in an old sealed chimney (sealed from the bottom, at least) and not in our wall. Dude looked down there, and reported back to us we had a mama squirrel and a litter of babies sucking at the teats.
Good news? They can’t get into the house. Bad news? We need to wait until the babies are grown enough to climb up and be caught in traps, so we get to hear the scrabbling noises for a couple more weeks.
So, I tell our little goddess what’s going on.
“There are squirrels in our chimney?” she asked as I finished telling her why someone had come over and why me and her mom had been concerned the past couple days.
“Yeah, honey. A mommy and her babies. But we can’t get rid of them for a couple weeks until they’re more grown, or they’ll die down there and it will stink inside the house.”
“So, they’re going to be here for a while?” she asks, and I begin to think maybe she’s getting nervous.
“Yeah, sweetie, but they can’t get in the house. They’re surrounded by brick and can’t get through that.”
Her eyes widen, and I’m concerned maybe I shouldn’t have said anything at all.
“Ohhhhhhhhhh,” she says, in a low, sing-song voice. “Baby squirrels! We have a squirrel family.”
Then I realize she’s excited by the idea of a rodent family nesting in our house.
In my head: They ain’t stayin’ my sweetheart. Oh, no. They aren’t pets. So don’t get attached.
But I can see it now. My daughter hovering near the kitchen, waiting for the scritchy-scratchy of little pest feet.
Does She Know She’s a Goddess? Let Me Clear That Up…
In case you’re wondering whether my daughter realizes she has a powerful personality, the ability to get what she wants down the road in life (and often now, too) and understands what it means to be named after a goddess?
Well, here’s Exhibit A:
That’s an iPad in the foreground. (Don’t be jealous or think the little girl is *too* pampered…I got it as a Christmas gift from my employers a few years ago and it’s strictly first-generation iPad tech. I can’t even update the operating system anymore.)
Weekend mornings and the short time between breakfast and going to school, she will often watch Netflix in bed on the iPad to get in her favorite shows. Does she lay down to do this? No. Sit with her back to the wall/headboard and hold the iPad in her lap? No.
She places the cooshy Dora chair she’s had since probably three years old (and she’s almost 8 now) on top of her two bed pillows, and she sets the iPad down, gets seated, and watches it from high above in her seat.
Or, I think you all realize by now, her throne.