Check out the new shoes Geetle and Pookie picked out tonight. I think it was a coincidence really. Either that or they really are wired together. Geetle picked put the red Vans first. We headed over to Pookie’s section and he followed me with ZERO interest as I said “oh! how about these?” and “I like these, do you like these?” When I pulled out these red ones he said “I will get these. These are lovely lady bug shoes.” Once he makes a declaration there is no turning back, so that’s what he got, red lady bug shoes.
The two of them look awful cute in their matching red shoes.
On the way to swimming lessons tonight, Giggles made a comment out of the blue that I have been expecting for a while. We’ve been letting Geetle turn on the nightly news recently. She’s in 6th grade now and it’s important for her to know about current events. It’s the same reason we subscribe to the newspaper even though that’s a dying enterprise. As you know, most of the nightly news is bad. Really bad. Murders and crimes and all sorts of problems. But we can’t hide from those things. It’s important for kids to know all about the world. The rainbow unicorn parts and the stinky armpit parts. Geetle is bearing this new responsibility well. She’s handling it. Giggles? Not so much.
Tonight Giggles told me she was scared of the things she sees on the news. I was ready for this and told her the same thing I told Geetle a few years ago. The world is very big. The news talks about many things that are happening far away. They also forget that people want to hear about happy stories too. They don’t tell us about every person that donates a winter coat to a needy petson. They don’t tell us about every new museum or library that opens. They forget that we like to hear about lost dogs that find their way home or Grannies that win dance contests.
I’ve always told the kids that if you line up 100 people, 99 of them are good people that will help and be kind to you. But there’s that 1 person that won’t. That 1 person is bad and could hurt you. The trick is to be able to pick that 1 out of the line up. It means that you have to be careful but that you should have faith in the fact that the world is ultimately good.
I told Giggles it was kind of the same with the news. You have to know that if the news tells you 1 bad thing, 99 good ones happened today too. They just didn’t tell you about it. You have to find those good things out for yourself.
She was OK with my answer and said she wanted to look on a map to see where the bad things were happening. I said we could but even if a bad thing happened in our town BAGD and I would keep her safe. She said that was OK and that we have a lucky life so she already knew that.
I feel its important to document the fact that I asked BAGD to go out and buy me a soda and he said no.
He always says yes. I usually don’t have to actually ask, just clumsily hint. It works on ice cream too.
This time I used my words and actually asked him to do it. I may have even said please. But he told me to go fly a kite because it was too cold outside.
I said “do you realize this is the first time you have told me no in 17 years? Are you really prepared to break the seal on this?”
He said yes, and I had to drink the sub-par soda flavors that were already in the house. It was horrible. He had better try harder to indulge me in my unnecessary whims next time.