Minggu, 27 Oktober 2013

dear journal

Evan started a journal tonight.


Me:  B, what do you think you'll want to be when you grow up--what do you think you'll want to do for work?

B:  Ummm, maybe be a teacher.

Me:  A teacher?  Really, well that would be cool, teachers help kids to learn and they get to spend the whole day with them.

B:  Yeah [purses lips, squints one eye thoughtfully], I think I would like to do that when I turn one hundred...

Jumat, 25 Oktober 2013


B:  I *love* mommy.
Me:  Oh really, what do you love the most about her?
B:  I love how she's *so* beautiful.
Me:  Me too.  Anything else that you love most about mommy?

[  ;)  ]


E [watching documentary on Earth]: Daddy, did you know what? It's
actually a good thing that the meteor hit the earth and killed the
dinosaurs, because if it didn't, then life wouldn't have happened,
because the dinosaurs would have eaten all the people and the animals.
The meat-eaters would have.


E:  Which one is your favourite direction daddy?  Mine's East.  Which one do you like?

Kamis, 24 Oktober 2013


Me, asking E if he plays with a kid at school. "What does he do at lunchtime then?"

E:  [Contemplating] I don't really know. I think I've either forgotten about it, or I can't remember. 


E:  Daddy is gold expensive?

Is this made out of gold?  Is that made out of gold?  How come Ethan has a gold chain that's REAL gold and I don't?



E [whimsically, upon seeing a photo of himself in cap and robe]:  (sigh) I have lots of mem-ries of graduating from preschool...

Rabu, 23 Oktober 2013


B:  Daddy, you sure are losing a lot of your hair.

Me:  Really Ben [I'm so glad you noticed!].  How much hair do you think I've lost?

B:  This much [throws arms out really wide].


Passing broken down F150, which seems to happen often...

E: I know why they don't call it Found on Road Death (Ford). Because then no one would want to buy it!

Senin, 21 Oktober 2013

Age, death, smoothies

[making a fruit smoothie. B is having a fit because I made it without the one ingredient that mommy always uses, which I later, through the tears, figure out is "the black stuff that she puts in". (Vanilla, of course)]

B: Mommy makes the best smoothies. She's the one in this family who knows the most because she's the oldest. 

Me: mm hmm (nodding, wholeheartedly in agreement)

B: Yeah,...she's the oldest. And she's a doctor, so she knows how to make the best smoothies. She's probly gonna be the one who dies first out of all of us. 

Me: (Trying to keep a straight face and at the same time feeling concerned, preparing for follow up questions). Really Ben?, What makes you say that?

B: well she's the oldest so she will be the first one to get to a hundred. That's really old!!

(I told him none of us knows when we're gonna die and that's why we should live every day as happy as we can. But I guess he knows we won't be around forever.)

Minggu, 20 Oktober 2013

clovers & presents

Evan's present upon returning from Calgary for me was 4 four-leaf clovers that he picked from the grass, preserved in a vitamin bottle in water.  He's really proud of these clovers, having found so many lucky ones, and follows me around putting them wherever I happen be seated, a glass of 4-leaf clovers soaking in water.

Sabtu, 19 Oktober 2013

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Jumat, 18 Oktober 2013

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Kamis, 17 Oktober 2013

transport options

B [reading Clifford the Big Red Dog, sighs and says, very matter-of-factly]:  "I would like to ride a dog someday."

Selasa, 15 Oktober 2013

on bears

B, reading Franklin, where Bear is bi-pedal:  I like bears that have two legs, not the ones that have four legs.  The ones with four legs eat people, but the ones with two legs are soft.  When can we buy one of those ones daddy?


Senin, 14 Oktober 2013


E:  Daddy, is the white stuff in the egg the water that the chick can drink?


our boys have been trading, fighting over, sharing and just generally consuming mints lately. there are two types of mint-box, according to E's formulation: there is the regular mint-box, which contains regular mints (tic tacs etc.), and there is the smell-mint box, which is an empty mint-box which must be retained solely for the purpose of smelling that fresh-mint smell. it can occasionally have one or maybe two mints re-placed into it in order to revive the smell. evan will share his regular mints with only a little resistance (and sometimes none), but the smell-mint box is off-limits for his brother.

that feeling

[putting E to bed before day 2 of grade 1.  He came home exhausted from day 1, but now, at 8:45, he's leaping around in bed and can't stop moving.  I tell him he needs to settle his body so he can get to sleep]. 

E:  I try daddy, but I just have that kindergarten feeling.  Do you know that feeling you get, it's like the feeling you get when you're just starting kindergarten.  Do you know that one?

Me:  No, tell me more about it.  It's been a long time since I went to kindergarten.

E:  It's the *feeling*, don't you know it? [exasperated:  how can you not know this?]  The kindergarten one.  It's when you have all this energy like all in the tap inside you, but the tap is turned off, and you can't let it out, because you're sitting all the time.  And now the energy is stuck inside me, and I can't get the tap to open, so it leaks.


Sabtu, 12 Oktober 2013


B, watching Superhero Friends:  Whoooaaa.  Something's happening here.  A *bad guy* is fighting a *bad guy*.  Holy.  Ha.  ....Sometimes, that happens.  And sometimes, a good guy fights a good guy.  That girl (pointing at TV), she's a good guy.

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Jumat, 11 Oktober 2013

food manufacturing processes

B:  [Making burritos, putting chicken in].  I know how you make that chicken.

Me:  Really B, how?

B:  First, you find a chicken.  Then you kill it.  With an axe, you chop its head off.  Then you bring it home and put it in the blender and then you blend it up.  And then you mix some tape in, to make it stick together.  Then you cook it and the cooking melts the tape and makes it disappear, and then you chop it into pieces, and then you eat it.

[He's pretty serious here, this is the process by which food comes to your table.]

Kamis, 10 Oktober 2013


B:  mommy were you and daddy around when the dinosaurs were here?


E:  How do you make water?

Saturday routine

Today we had Evan's soccer at 930. He scored his first goal in months and played great. At 130 Evan had baseball and at 3 pm Ben had baseball. Now we're home for dinner on the BBQ. Ben can ride 30 feet on his 2 wheel bike just since yesterday.

Selasa, 08 Oktober 2013

I wish

E:  Daddy, do they have 5 minutes less playtime each year?

Me:  What do you mean, at school?

E:  Yeah, like in grade one, do they do 5 minutes less playtime than kindergarten, and five minutes less in grade 2?

Me [Thinking I might as well prepare him for the realities of the world]:  Well, I think they still do some playtime but as you get older, school gets a bit more serious, like you start doing math and stuff--more serious kinds of learning.

E [sounding very disappointed]:  But playtime is really serious learning!!

Butterfly catcher


E: Daddy, if something doesn't exist, can it be rare?

Senin, 07 Oktober 2013


Me:  Ben, someday you'll have your own wife.  When do you think that'll be?

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Minggu, 06 Oktober 2013

nickels and dimes

[E selling painting of a kite to his nana...]

E:  Do you want to have the extra border around the kite [by which he means a black felt pen around its edges] for $1.00, or just the regular version for 80 cents?

Kamis, 03 Oktober 2013


[Picking spots for reading stories]

E: Fighting over who gets to be in the middle isn't really bad, because

you're actually fighting over cuddling. You're fighting over love.

broken heart

E asked me what a broken heart is last night.  "How do you break your heart daddy?  Does it bleed when it's broken?  Who fixes it?  Do you go to a heart doctor?"

Interesting as he starts to comprehend more metaphorical uses of language and develop a sense of figurative speech, he is asking more and more about metaphors.  "What does 'hit the road' mean?  We're not actually going to go hit the road are we?"

Fwd: This was what I found when I was making dinner


B, coming out of Tim Hortons drive-thru, having changed his mind from sprinkle-donut to chocolate one: Daddy does your body change your mind?

Me:  Um, yes Ben, sometimes your body changes your mind, sometimes your mind changes your body, and sometimes your mind changes itself.  Where is your mind?

B:  I do-nno.

Me:  It's in your head, inside your head, where your brain is.

B:  You mean the hard-part?

Me:  Yeah, the hard part.

B:  What's inside my head then?

Me:  Nooo, I mean underneath the hard part, that's where your brain is.

B:  What does my brain do?


Rabu, 02 Oktober 2013

pet ideas

B (in Hawaii driving):  I want to have a pet giant.  Evan can we get a pet giant? No, No, a giant that's friendly.  Are baby giants friendly?


[Talking about things that are alive and things that are dead, having just toured the local cemetery in an effort to understand what's a big deal (dying, getting a serious disease, moving, having a new baby) and what's a little deal (little brother entering the car through big brother's side, not being first out of the bath, or not being able to play our pinball game 24/7)].

E: Sometimes when you're born with 2 heads, you have to get one cut off because 2 is too many.

Me: Yes, sometimes that happens but it's very rare.

E: Does it happen once every 7 years?

Me: I don't know how often, but it's very rare.

E: Why don't you know about that? You should look it up.

This hangs in E's art office to consult when drawing rainbows

Selasa, 01 Oktober 2013

First Tooth

E lost his first tooth last night, and promptly ran downstairs to get this note that he'd written the day before for the tooth fairy.  This morning he's bouncing up and down with excitement at having received $10 (extra for being brave) and a note from the tooth fairy in reply.

printed matter

E:  [Age 5, almost 6]:  Daddy, what's a 'magazine'?