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Sunday, May 22, 2005
Driving (Me Crazy)

Every so often a parent is lucky enough to have the opportunity to impart world-wise pearls of wisdom to his or her children. Especially when said parent has a captive audience. Say, in the car, for instance. Totally. So yesterday, while taking a drive, there was just such an impromptu life-lesson opportunity, and I totally grabbed it. Oh, yes I DID. It went a little something like this...

Momma: You are all smart kiddos. And you can be anything you want to be, you know that, right?

Hannah (7): Yeah!... Oh. Except circus people. I don't care for circus people.

(OKAY... Who can argue with that? All three children bob their heads in complete agreement in the back seat. I try not to giggle. I mean, honestly. "I don't care for circus people"?)

Hannah: (suddenly) I want to be a mouth doctor!

(Okay, THIS we can work with...)

TGIM: You could do that. Wait, do you mean a dentist or an orthodontist?

Momma: Ooooooh, orthodontists make good money. People pay a whole lot of cash for orthodontia.

Tanner (9): (eyes glued to his GameBoy, not missing a beat) "Orthodontia"? "Orthodontia"?! That's weird. Shouldn't it be, like, "orthodonticism"? Yeah, definitely "orthodonticism."

(Oh, ho ho! Someone's a word geek like his momma! Smart-aleck.)

Momma: What about you, Alli?

Allison (5): Oh, I want to be a dentist. Wait. Or an astronaut ballerina. Actually, yeah, I want to be an astronaut ballerina!

Momma: What exactly does an astronaut ballerina do?

Allison: Um, they dance in outer space.

Tanner: (disgusted) Well, what's the point of getting paid for that?! I mean, what? Will people come and watch them?

Alli: Sure. Yeah! Of course!

Tanner: No! No! People can't just go into outer space to watch ballet! Only astronauts can do that!

Allison: Well, I will dance for them.

(Hey. You go, girl. You go.)

link | posted by Cat at 11:45 PM

Anonymous kalki commented:

Your kids? A-freakin-DORABLE! And I know, because I met them. In person.

And I think Allison is a visionary - outer space is not out of reach!

» 5/23/2005 7:13 AM 
Blogger mrtl commented:

Actually, I am quite sure that you're embellishing this story because I happen to know FOR A FACT that "actually" is Tanner's favorite word, and that's not quoted here.

Beyond that, it's a totally believable story. They are all adorable. And sweet. And Very Patient.

» 5/23/2005 10:38 AM 
Blogger Shaun commented:

Damn....I just bought tickets to the Space Ballet. Our seats are in the nosebleeds though.

Thats so freaking cute, Cat. Next time get it on video. Get everything on video.

» 5/23/2005 11:48 PM 

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