Tuesday, 24 March 2009
I started thinking of the subject of this post on my drive to Niagara Falls today. As I was going up the Garden City Skyway I was thinking back to the last time I crossed over it. Jean-Paul, Zachary, Alexandria and I were going to Niagara Falls for a couple days. I pointed out the "very big bridge" as we approached and Alex replied with, "Wow!" As we drove over she exclaimed, "We're driving right up to the SKY! Mommy! Look! We're going up to the sky!!" And yes, all you could see if you looked forward was sky. It was such a litte moment. It was such a simple moment. It was such an amazing moment.
I'm actually welling up a bit as I type this. I am truly, truly thankful and grateful for this gift. Through the eyes of a child...... We all need to see the world this way a bit more. I'm going to do my best to tune in as much as I possibly can. The gift is powerful, but the gift is fleeting. In a blink they will be grown and I will have to be patient to wait for the next generation, if I am blessed enough to have that chance again.
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Apparently Nickelodeon is unveiling a new Dora this fall. This is not to replace the current (and apparently very voraciously loved) Dora the Explorer. There is quite the uproar in the "mommunity". I'm not going to cast any judgment until I see an episode or two of the "new" Dora. People are saying she's been sexualized, but she just looks like she's blossoming into a tween. (Although the silhouettes, especially the second one, look more like "too sexy too soon".) The character is supposed to be 10 - and I think that looks about right. We'll have to see what type of "role model" this new Dora is.
Monday, 16 March 2009
Sunday, 15 March 2009
Monday, 9 March 2009
Why do the children wait until they are in the presence of the grandparents to unveil their new "strong" words? Alexandria did it when she about 2 or 3. After she spent a couple days with Nana and Grandpa, we were getting the rundown of how things went. Grandpa explained Alex had said a new word - "f**k". Nice. She never said it in front of us and I don't think she ever used it again. We didn't give it any attention.
This weekend Zachary thought he would add some emphasis to his "Ow!" with an "Ow. F**k!" Not once, not twice, but three times. He was putting his hands under his seat belt and saying it. I just said, "Pardon?" and looked at what he was doing. I just simply said, "Please don't put your hands under there." And that was it. We haven't heard the word since. I hope that was it!
And why is THAT word so easy for little kids to say?! It has very basic sounds, so it comes out nice and clearly.... I also realized I should stop saying "phoonk" when I plunk him down. "Phoonk" does not come out that way when a toddler says it!