Monday, July 03, 2006

How are things going out there in blog world?

I've had a few cute stories to tell about the kids lately, but they don't seem to make their way onto here for some reason...

Erik got up in front of 100 people at the shopping centre the other week and twirled a plate on a stick, Chinese circus style, I was immensely proud of him, partly for being able to follow the instructions of the lady perfermer who transferred her spinning plate to his stick and then got him to stand on one leg while balance the plate on his plate, but mostly just because he put his hand up to be picked and when he was picked he didn't hesitate for a second to get up on stage in front of everyone! It goes to show that not all traits are inherited from parents. This isn't something either Dave or I would have done...

Even though I *know* my kids are doing ok, what with being completely mollycoddled with AP and then isolated at home with homeschooling (no, this isn't an admission, I'm just putting it as others often perceive it), it's very reaffirming when my kids do "normal" unself-conscious stuff and actually show that they're not timid and all-at-sea out there in the big, bad world...

Actually, they both impressed me with their level of comfort going in amongst a large group of other kids also watching/participating in the show that day. I saw other parents having to coax their kids into sitting on the mat and some of the kids looked very self-conscious and uncomfortable - I'm assuming this was more a personality thing, than anything else. It showed me that my kids probably have what it takes to do well even if they don't have daily opportunities to hone their skills in mixing with large groups of other kids, like schooled kids do. Certainly, they seemed to fair well on that occassion.

Another story is, of course, the one from yesterday where a Dad in a baby clothing store was putting words in his baby boy's mouth and suggesting his boy was flirting with my "girl" and that that somehow reflected well on his son's masculinity. I didn't have the heart to tell the dad that the "girl"his son was "flirting" with was, in fact, my SON... Yeah, ok, so Bryn was wearing a pink hat and socks, but really, I think it's a bit much to be pretending your 1 year old is some sort of Casinova anyway - geez, let the baby just be a baby for a bit...

Hmmm, that's all I've got atm...

2 comments:

anastasia_wolf said...

Oh Sif, you missed a perfect opportunity to teach that guy a lesson! LOL I would have gloated in the fact he was "flirting" his son with a boy hehehe.

And YAY Erik! I'd never do that either LOL.

Rae said...

That was my first thought when you told the tale on AB Sif- I just can't stand this need to match girl and boy babies like they're on the prowl. It's just bloody gross in my opinion. And all about the parent's little adult fantasy for the child. Yech.

On another note, must be amazing to watch and be surprised by the marvel that is Erik! Very cool skill :)

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