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Thursday, April 28, 2005

A recent conversation:
Bryn: When I知 a grown-up, I知 not gonna move away. Wherever Maya goes, I go.

Maya: We池e best friends.

Bryn: Forever.
Every parent's dream!
4:42:00 PM

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Milestone: first joke told by one of the kids that makes Kathy laugh. Bryn tells us:
The kid was practicing music and the dad was on the phone. The dad says "Quiet, I知 on the phone." The kid says "I知 on the phone too葉he saxophone.
This milestone may, admittedly, suggest more about Kathy痴 taste in jokes than Bryn痴 ability as a comedian
6:58:00 AM

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Maya and Bryn continue to impress us with their literacy acquisition. Bryn can be spotted writing notes, such as the one Kathy found on the table while Paul was in the hospital: "Daddy, I miss you. Love, Bryn." In addition, Bryn has long been reading as quickly as we do, and she doesn't even blink when she comes across words like "vast," tulip," and "homebodies." The other day, she picked up a piece of mail and casually informed us that "taxes are due on April 15." Now how does someone who is not even five years old know a word like "taxes"?

We also wonder about Maya, who in the past week has read signs saying "apple blossoms," "hardware," and "lumber" without a blink. We could understand the kids knowing words they encounter in the storybooks we read over and over, but this is just, well, crazy.
7:49:00 PM

Monday, April 04, 2005

Yesterday I told the kids that I was sounding like a broken record. Then I had to explain what I meant, since they have absolutely no idea:
  • what a record is,
  • how it works, or
  • how it can still work when broken, and thus
  • why it then sounds like it does.
Sigh. I'm not just their Dad, I'm now officially an old fogey.
4:30:00 PM

Note to self: you need to continue investing in new technologies if you want to stay ahead. This is especially true when it comes to parental secret codes, which the kids keep effortlessly breaking.

For example, we've long since had to give up on spelling things out, since our young readers are very good at spelling. We also realized last week that both kids can read upside-down almost as fast as they read rightside-up.

Our current strategy is to use over-intellectualized euphemisms, and this seems to be working--but at what cost? For example, on Saturday we were trying to decide whether to go to Target to buy bins for storing the kids' art, and that got encoded more or less as follows:
So have we decided which kind of [meaningful glance] "curatorial receptacles" we want to get? If not, then maybe we don't need to stop at [meaningful glance] "precision aiming device"?
Not only does the other parent frequently have trouble decoding such messages, but all the winks and nudges and funny tones are a clear signal to our budding cryptographers that something interesting is being discussed.

Sigh.
10:18:00 AM

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