• 2010 Reading List

    What I've read this year:

    "The Other Queen" by Phillipa Gregory (Rating: C)

    "The Welsh Girl" by Peter Ho Davies (Rating: A)

    "Mistress of the Sun" by Sandra Gulland (Rating: A)

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Climbers ready? Climb on…

Last night was my monthly book club. We were discussing “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter,” by Kim Edwards. The book was a good story, although not one of the favorites read by our group.

As usual, we ended up talking at great length about our children, the complexities of raising creative and sensitive children in today’s world, and the bizarre thoughts and conversations that only mothers seem to have.

The funniest thing we talked about last night was this:

Have you ever been sitting at home with the kids in bed asleep, and your spouse out of town or not yet home, and thought to yourself…I really need to run up to the store quickly for (fill in one item here – medicine, milk, etc.). I could run out and be back in 15 minutes…

So tempting! Of the 6 moms in the group every single one of us had experienced that temptation before. Of course, none of us had acted upon it, but it’s just funny to hear others thinking similar things!


One day last week I had this encounter, and have to share it…

I had been in the shower, and after I got out I heard S. calling our dog, but in an unusually whinny and frustrated tone. So, thinking that he had let Marco outside and was trying to convince him to come back in, I went downstairs to investigate.

I was surprised to find S. squatting on top of our kitchen counter, no chair, step stool or other climbing-device in sight. I was at a loss as to how he got up there. So, of course, I started laughing, and then asked what he was doing.

S: “I climbed up to get my tiger vitamins, and now I can’t get down! And Marco won’t help!”

Me: “Did you take your vitamins out of the cabinet?”

S: “Yeah, I took them already because my allergies were sick from the pollen.”

*Insert me looking perplexed at this statement, wondering how he opened the “child-safe lids that are, apparently, not child-safe, and then starting to worry.

Me: “Peanut, you do NOT take any type of medicine or vitamins without me or Daddy giving them to you, do you understand? Did you open or take anything else?”

S: “No. But why won’t Marco help me get down!?” (Apparently feeling betrayed by his “buddy-pal,” as he refers to Marco)

*Yes, he is still squatting on the counter at this point. I was too busy being worried that he had figured out how to open Daddy’s cholesterol medication or taken a fistful of vitamins, and would shortly be going into some sort of vitamin overdose!

Me: “How did you expect him to help you?”

S: “He won’t stay still for me to stand on him!” ( Marco is a Great Dane, so his plan for getting down was feasible.)

Me: “Well, you standing on his back probably wouldn’t feel good to him, so he won’t let you do it. How did you get up there, anyway?”

S: “I put my hands on the top, and slithered up like a snake, but I don’t know how snakes get back down when they are done…”


Me: “Well, snakes don’t take vitamins, so they probably don’t have this problem.” (Don’t you love Mom-logic?)

S: “Oh. Can you help me get down now?”

Me: “Sure.”

And, for the record, we did continue our discussion of snakes climbing-abilities over breakfast.


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