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Monthly Archive for March, 2009

Gramman’s Party

Last Saturday Jim, with the help of some dear friends, organized a surprise birthday party for Evie. When he first told me of the plans, my heart sank. The party was called for 7:30. Most nights, Simon is beginning to get crabby at 7:30. By 8:00 he’s usually all smiles, but that’s only because we’re […]

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God bless mothers who work full-time outside the home. I don’t know how they do it. By which, I don’t so much mean I don’t know how they physically get everything done-I’ve got a pretty clear picture of how that happens—but rather I don’t understand how they clear out the head space. The last two […]

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Information Theory

As a native English speaker, I think it’s my right to coin new words. I think it’s everyone’s, actually. English’s flexibility and accommodation of new words is part of its inherent character. On the other hand, it really helps if the new word being coined has a clear meaning. Simon, bless his heart, has contributed […]

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Mommy Goose and Other Tales

Whether due to laziness, habit, or our own preferences, Matt and I have whittled down Simon’s reading list to a group of rotating favorites. Accordingly, it’s not just reading that is part of Simon’s nighttime ritual, but reading a select group of familiar books. By now, so much time has gone by that¬† Simon knows […]

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Society

Here’s Matt and I in Louisville’s “Society” Newspaper, The Voice Tribune: KIP Auction Night I think this is hilarious, and I can’t quite decide why. It’s some combination of the following: That “society” papers still exist. Are they publishing these with irony? No? Really, people¬†actually care? I suppose the existence of the obnoxious “weddings and […]

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“Good Morning, Mommy”

That’s how my day began yesterday. I heard Simon wake up and call out for me, same as usual. But when I opened the door to his room, he said a very cheery and polite “Good Morning” instead of his usual litany of needs. (“I need drink of water. I need baby cakes. I need […]

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Born to Run

Who would have thought that after so many months of not walking that controlled falling would hold such appeal? Simon just loves to run. He likes to run down long hallways, opposite any direction we ask him to move in, and down any ramp or incline. We’ve at last gotten running into the street and […]

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Shall We Dance?

I wrote last week about seeing pictures of Simon dancing with a classmate, and now I have the images from one of his teachers to share. Thank you Ms. Jean!

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Etiquette

“Thank you” and “I’m sorry” might be the four most important words in English. Simon is a little young to understand why these words are so important, but I’ve decided to establish the habit now and worry about comprehension later. To date, we are having more success with expressing gratitude than we are remorse, which […]

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He Had a Good Day

Someone forgot to tell Simon that Friday the 13th is bad luck; he had one of his happiest days ever, the credit for which is due to Molly and Sophie. Molly came over yesterday morning to tape Simon for a class she’s taking about language development. Her spring break was this week, and Simon was […]

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