A Short History of the Piñata

February 24, 2010 @ 7:34 am | Filed under: Family, These People Crack Me Up

Every now and then I like to collect the kid-quips I’ve tweeted and deposit them here, just to keep the family archive in one place. Apologies to Twitter-friends for whom these may be repeats.

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Actual last line of chat with friend last night: “TTYL—must go get hulk out of dishwasher.” 

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Rilla just asked me to pour her a “nice juicy cup of milk.” 

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Rilla staggers into the sunny morning, squinting. She rages, rages, against the coming of the light. 

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Baby boy just figured out how to activate big bro’s toy computer, uttered his first triumphant “YES!” All it was missing was a fist pump.

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How very cool. Scott & girls are at small-venue Suzanne Vega concert (hasn’t started yet) & have a table directly in front of the stage.

Suzanne Vega wished Beanie a happy bday after the concert last night. (Bday was last month; the concert was her present.) Beanie is beaming. 

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Prepared for anything: Wonderboy just came to me with his hearing aids to put in, his glasses to clean, and his pirate scarf to tie on. 

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Beanie: “Whenever I put honey on our sandwiches, I always make sure there are smiley faces.” Love that kid.

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This moment caught: 9yo sketching amaryllis, the 2 boys playing w/ trains. 11yo reading about B. Franklin. Teen reading Gulliver. 3yo sings. 1:28 PM Feb 3rd

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Big Bad Bunny has become Rilla’s Mike Mulligan & the Steam Shovel, and I’m Beezus.

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She comes to me with socks on her hands & gives a fearsome roar. Then, as she clambers onto the bed: “Did you know monsters love to cuddle?”

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Yesterday: I’m in the rocking chair. Rilla climbs in my lap, arranges herself comfortably, says: “OK, Mommy. Let’s do this!”

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3yo: “When I grow up I’m going to teach my little boys and little girls how to squish gummy bears.” (Pauses. Thinks.) “And math.”

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For dinner Jane made a SCRUMPTIOUS cheese & onion “hogbake” from the Redwall cookbook in honor of the arrival of Doomwyte in paperback.

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Rilla & I just spent 20 minutes watching elephants on Youtube. She very badly wants them to be able to see her back.

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Overheard: “Wouldn’t it be funny if his name were Chris, and our last name was Muss? Get it? Chris Muss?” Ah, 8-yr-olds.

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Playing hangman with the 8yo. Very tricky, actually, because she keeps picking very short words. _o__. No E, T, N, S, or A. My guy’s toast.

Ha! Saved by the L! (It was doll.)

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Was just requested (by 8yo) to draw a picture of a “Norwegian forest cat.” Um.

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The 3yo is demonstrating proper lollipop-licking technique for me. She takes this extremely seriously.

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Rilla asks me to draw a horse. Surveys my handiwork, laughs indulgently. “Mommy! It didn’t need a mouth.”

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ME: I’m worried that (minor detail of story) isn’t right.

SCOTT: Sweetheart. At this stage, that’s like worrying that your font isn’t right.

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The 8yo just asked, “Mom, would you like to hear a short history of the piñata?”

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Rilla, upon seeing the blue button-down shirt the baby was given for his birthday: “We’re going to dress him in MAN clothes!”

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Listening to Scott and four or five children wail to “Like a Rolling Stone.” There is some delicious irony there (“How does it feel..to be on your own”—ha!), and also just deliciousness.

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The 8yo: “Mommy, I am haunted by the temptation to stick a lettuce leaf in the candle flame and see what happens.” (So yes, I let her try.)

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This day so far: donut holes at the park with the younger 5 while the 14yo did mix-y things with chemicals in her science lab.

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Rilla asks me to draw a picture of grandma. I comply. She looks, quivers, says sadly: “I guess it’s okay if she don’t be a ballerina…”

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Today: took a mountain drive, clambered over rocks, gobbled Pfeffernusse, assembled the Galileoscope. Now trying to get the moon in focus. (Dec. 31st, 2009)

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Overheard: the 3yo: “How old was I when I was a baby?” The daddy: “Perfect. You were perfect.”

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Beanie upon trying (and loving) her first green smoothie: “This has liquified my distaste for spinach!”


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  1. The lettuce leaf comment reminds me of something that Anne of Green Gables would say or do.