Thursday, May 18, 2006

Houston, we have a Problem

The boys are inspecting the chimney. They had been getting themselves some books, but they got distracted. "No, we can't, or Mary will be mad." George seems to be worrying a lot recently about making me mad. As far as I can tell, I haven't done any serious amounts of frothing at the mouth these days, but it's a frequent theme in his conversations. I think it's more about the four-year-old who has figured out Rules than about ranting Mary. "She won't be mad. If we don't move them, how will Santa get down?" The fact that it's mid-May doesn't seem to in any way dissuade Darcy from the urgency of his task. "But this is where the books go! If we move them, how will we find them again?" I like the way this boy thinks. Is it true some children are just born neat? (I need explain. Ours is, as I have said oft before, a small house. No space may go to waste, the neatly closed-off fireplace in the living room being no exception to this rule. Because it is, in essence, a painted box set into the wall, it is used to store the daycare books. Board books in the basket on the left, paper books in a pile on the right. So yes, there are books in my fireplace.) "When Santa comes down the chimney, he will hurt himself on all those books." "No, it's okay. Santa wears elbow and knee pads." "He does?" "Uh-huh. My daddy told me. Because chimneys are scratchy inside there because of all the bricks." This satisfies. The boys return to their literary pursuits.


Blogger MsSisyphus said...

What a smart dad!

I heart those two. The rebel and the ruleboy. They are suck an excellent combination. Add in Arthur and you really do have your main characters for a children's book series, you know.

5/18/2006 08:03:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mamacita Tina said...

Gotta' love how he's so safety conscious for Santa.

5/18/2006 08:10:00 a.m.  
Blogger Jenorama said...

It is so awesome to know exactly what you are talking about now when you describe parts of the house.

Especially the cat in the bathroom.

You were right-- I *was* glad not to be pregnant!!! :)

5/18/2006 09:49:00 a.m.  
Blogger LoryKC said...

Is Darcy working on his Christmas list already? ;)

5/18/2006 11:46:00 a.m.  
Blogger Angela said...

I love the incredible use of space - what a creative way to use the area that a fireplace occupies usused for much of the year.

And, it can be Christmas whenever they want, it's just a little harder to imagine it when it's hot outside!

5/18/2006 03:20:00 p.m.  
Blogger Kristen said...

I think it's hilarious how kids will just randomly decide it's almost Christmas time again (or halloween, summer, birthday...).

5/18/2006 03:24:00 p.m.  
Blogger Lady M said...

I can't wait until I get to think about how to explain safety for Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, etc. :)

5/18/2006 04:41:00 p.m.  
Blogger AverageMom said...

Yes, some children are just born neat. That explains my daughter. I did not brainwash her. She is not defective. She just loves to clean. George sounds like the guy for her!

5/18/2006 04:51:00 p.m.  
Blogger L. said...

Funny, how some children are indeed born neat, and others are....NOT.

5/18/2006 08:05:00 p.m.  
Blogger Granny said...

I love the image of Santa, who has so much padding already, adding the elbow and knee pads.

How, do you suppose, will be get down the chimney with all that?

5/19/2006 01:09:00 a.m.  
Blogger kittenpie said...

this is really funny. The fact that the chimney is closed off doesn't bug them, but books? Oh, move those! I see sandra Boynton and "Hug" in your piles - good ones. I think I would build shelves in the space - I'm always about maximizing storage. And yeah, pumpkinpie is oddly neat, for being born to such a clutter-prone mother. She's frequently heard telling me to "nean up, mommy."

5/19/2006 09:36:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

MsS: The Rebel, the Rule Boy, and Master Random. Yup, I can see it. Darcy's getting more and more the rebel, because he's developing this great sense of humour. He can see the funny side of any mischief, and, increasingly, of my attempts to mold (mould?) and guide.

Thankfully, he's essentially a good-nautred and well-behaved little dude, but I see the makings of a teacher-exasperating class clown in the boy. He'll be the one you have to force yourself not to laugh with, though, not the one you'd cheerfully throttle.

M.Tina: Yes, he's a thoughtful little guy.

Jen: :-)

Lory: I wouldn't be surprised. Thankfully, he's only three. You can safely ignore anything he wants now, because by November it'll be entirely different. (Except my eldest: she wanted an elephant for two years running at that age.)

Angela: The fireplace is never used. The chimney is capped, the fireplaces (there's one upstairs, too) haven't been used in years, and so are boarded off. We had a working fireplace in our last home, but not here.

Kristen: I know. You wonder what on earth triggered that thought, out of the blue.

LadyM: Oh, these fantasy characters are fun to play with, if you're not afraid to be a bit of an iconoclast. One year, when he was concerned about how Santa might get through our particularly icy winter, my son decided that, hey, Santa is magic, and so that year, Santa dispensed with the reindeer and had his sleigh pulled by fire-breathing dragons, instead. Why not?

AverageMom: I thought so. All the children at my home are subjected to the same expectations regarding tidying, etc., but George is the only one who has internalized it at all, the only one who "gets it", sees the big picture. Quite striking, really. And no, he's not defective, either. :-)

L: My three kids are firmly in the "NOT" category, though my eldest tells me that in her own place, she "runs a tight ship". Why she couldn't do that in her bedroom at my place, only one room, I'll never know...

Granny: I had the same thought. And ours is a small fireplace, too. This does not seem to concern them.

Kittenpie: I've had the same thought about shelves in there. I'm sure it will get done, though when is always the question.

We have a fair number of Boynton books. She's a great favourite around here. My other favourite in that pile is "ish". I love to scour garage sales and discount tables, regularly scoring good books for next-to-nothing.

I am also given a fair number of only-middlin' books which I happily accept, but I am picky/snobbish enough to refuse to read the mass-produced pulp that's only printed to sell toys or increase movie sales.

"nean up, mommy". LOL

5/20/2006 11:26:00 a.m.  

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