Tonight we watched Mary Poppins. It was the first time for the girls, and it was such a treat to introduce them to it. Only a few minutes into it, I realised my mistake. Why hadn´t I suggested a movie about a horrible nanny? Why would I put ideas into their head about a nanny who could snap her fingers and the clothes and toys pick themselves up off the floor?! What was I thinking?
Thankfully, as I was putting A to bed afterwards, my mind was put at rest. "She would be a pretty awesome au pair," I said, as I tucked her in. "Yeah," she said. "But you and her are the same."
It´s kind of like climbing to the top of the corporate ladder.
Im continually having to come up with new stories for the girls. Today I mentioned the only (I think) detention I ever got in school....the result of a food fight at school. This delighted the girls so much I went on to mention one of my brother´s detentions at school. Sorry Tom. But it involved Tom standing on a toilet at school to yell out the window and the seat breaking. I may have embellished the story slightly. In my version, Tom also fell into the toilet, it wasn´t pretty and the girls pretty much made up their own version from there.
I have somehow found myself reading a type of parenting book. I dont know how this happened and it only hit me half way through it that I was identifiying with it and creating action plans in my head. Ok, so its not just a parenting book. It´s a happiness book and it´s really good. But there´s a few chapters on parenting and I´m really enjoying it. Many many months ago I decided that I wanted to open the door to the girls with a giant cheery hello every time they came home. They ring the door bell several times a day....lunch, after school, after different activities, and there are three of them, so sometimes it feels like I´m running to the door all day long. But I think answering with a cheery tone spreads a cheery vibe into the ensuing time we spend together. Lately, I´ve been answering the door with different accents and Allisons, you´d be proud of my Southern drawl. All that to say that it is quite bizarre to be able implement suggestions from the parenting chapters of my book...
And that´s all I have to say for tonight. That, and here is my rebellious, live-outside-the-box picture for the week. Here I am standing in the place reserved for Sleds, Sleighs and Sledges. It´s all about swimming against the tide.