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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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25th-Dec-2010 09:19 pm
I have eaten leftover GF pasta. In a separate room. And I have been passive-aggressively knitting. Generally I avoid passive aggression but fuckit.

Also I have been the only person interacting with the wee ones. Possibly in ways their gender-determinist conservative parents would not approve of. But if they're not going to pay any attention to their children...


3-year-old girlchild: "What are you doing?"
Me: "Making a baby blanket!"
Girlchild: "Do you have a baby in your tummy?"
Me: "No, but my friend does. And when the baby comes out it will be cold. So it should have a blanket."
Girlchild: "Is your friend a girl or a boy?"
Me: "That is an excellent question! My friend is a girl."
Girlchild: "What's her name?"
Me: "Kyth."
Girlchild: "Do you have a friend who's a boy?"
Me: "I do."

This continues for some time. We tell each other about many friends. Eventually we cycle back to the baby blanket.

Me: "It's purple because my friend's favorite color is purple."
Girlchild: "What's the baby's daddy's favorite color?"
Me: "Actually, this baby has two mommies. And they both love purple best."
Girlchild: "Two mommies!"
Me: "Yep!"
Girlchild: "That baby is SO LUCKY!"

Apparently mommies are way cooler than daddies. Which I kinda get, having watched her daddy try to weasel his way out of reading to her.

Also, she thinks sindrian has a silly name, but I told her that that's okay because he's a silly boy, so it suits him.

Also also I am the best at dressing her pony and her dad needs to step off because he doesn't do it properly.

So yeah. When I can't deal with the grownups, at least I have the kids. Even if they try to sneak off with my yarn. Which is totally still attached to the blanket, girlchild, so you're not getting away with that.

Crack Pie is finally in the oven, so I should get good food soon. My parents are picking us up tomorrow; they suck, but at least they understand the celiac thing, so food will not be one of our battles. More elsetime. I need wine.
26th-Dec-2010 02:27 am (UTC) - I love kids, for this reason as well as others.
Man, talking with the kids is sometimes the best part of parties. I'm glad you have at least one available to keep you entertained. Good luck with the rest of your night.

*big hug*
26th-Dec-2010 05:11 am (UTC) - Re: I love kids, for this reason as well as others.
There's an anecdote I like from when David Letterman was preparing to move from NBC to CBS, and wound up at a big party put on by Mike Ovitz's agency. Dave, not a party guy, felt most comfortable talking with one agent's kid. During that chat, completely conversationally, Dave pulled out a cigar and offered it to the kid ("Cigar?"). The kid nearly fell out of his chair laughing, said it was the funniest thing he'd ever seen.

(From Bill Carter's book The Late Shift. I'm not hanging out with folks like Letterman or Ovitz. *grins*)
26th-Dec-2010 03:58 pm (UTC) - Re: I love kids, for this reason as well as others.
"Man, talking with the kids is sometimes the best part of parties."


So sorry you're having so much hassle, 'Song. Glad there are some little rays of sunshine about, at least. =:o\
26th-Dec-2010 02:29 am (UTC)
Reading this post was pretty high up in my list of awesome unexpected gifts this Christmas.
26th-Dec-2010 02:46 am (UTC)
Every photo of me at my grandparents from 1985 to 2000 were of me with small cousins in my lap.
I totally get it.

And I just posted this on FB
I just told my husband that next year I am spending Xmas with my dad. That the last five, as well as ALL OTHER HOLIDAYS (and most of my free time) have been with his mom and that if he protests I will divorce him. Tell me I'm wrong.

I would like to have a NO BLOOD $winterholiday$ next year.
26th-Dec-2010 03:04 am (UTC)
*ded of cute*

I'm sorry the adults are being assmonkeys. But that kid is cracking me up.
26th-Dec-2010 04:06 am (UTC)
If the baby loves the blanket half as much as this kid did, that will be *awesome*. She was all up on that yarn.
26th-Dec-2010 03:14 am (UTC)
I'm glad for whatever improvement there has been, and the kid conversation is totally cracking me up. Sorry about the grownups.
26th-Dec-2010 03:21 am (UTC)
Kind of reflects my latest post. My parent/sibling family wasn't nearly as annoying as they have been in previous years, and nowhere near as stupid as yours have been this year, but the kids were fun to be around. It's fun to find moments of innocent tolerance.

Girlchild: "That baby is SO LUCKY!"
LOVE this. :)
26th-Dec-2010 04:04 am (UTC)
Dude, baby *is* lucky. Kyth and Amy rock!
26th-Dec-2010 05:23 am (UTC)
Hnh. Was unaware (til now, apparently o.O) that Kyth's Other Half was also female.

Long live all three! Or four! Or however many they decide they want!
26th-Dec-2010 04:25 am (UTC)
*hugs* I am sorry your day and visit has been so hard in the food department, also that they are obviously oblivious to your medical issues.

I am glad it is getting better! Merry Happy Joyous Holidays!
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26th-Dec-2010 07:28 am (UTC)
Just read all these backward while going through flist and... wish so much I could have teleported GF food to you :(

Also, a cluebat, to land on your aunt. From a height.
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26th-Dec-2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
At least you had an awesome and quietly subversive conversation with the girlchild. *hugs* Glad you finally got some food.
29th-Dec-2010 12:08 am (UTC)

29th-Dec-2010 04:20 am (UTC)
I've never dealt with crap by going and talking to the kids because they are way cooler.

*whistles innocently*
30th-Dec-2010 03:42 am (UTC)
Small children are often the best part of family gatherings. I still cherish the one where I taught a 2 1/2-y-o child a whole bunch of bugs' names & when I got bored but she was still asking me "what dis?" about the bug toys I taught her to say "cheap plastic." That was great fun.

Funny thing though -- I don't think of Babby having two mommies, but a Mommy and an Engineer. Which is also fairly nifty. I'm thinking there really should be a betting pool on how soon Babby makes its first trebuchet.

Man now *that* is a kid's book waiting to happen: Baby's First Trebuchet. *snicker*
30th-Dec-2010 03:43 am (UTC)
(oi, please pretend that first paragraph wasn't grammatically painful.)
31st-Dec-2010 02:46 am (UTC)
That conversation is adorable.
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