Family Circus

No one can drive us crazy unless we give them the keys. - Doug Horton


Out of the mouths of babes...

My oldest daughter Halie recently spent the night with her Grandma and Grandpa. The next day, they treated Halie and her Aunt B. to lunch at the local Chinese restaurant. My daughter ate her weight in popcorn shrimp, like always. As Halie obviously started slowing down, her Aunt B. snagged a shrimp off her plate. Halie was obviously shocked, began to cry, and proceeded to rally the rest of the state of Texas her grandparents to tell Aunt B. how wrong it was for anyone to take food off her plate without asking. Of course, Aunt B. explained to Halie that she was merely trying to assist her niece in finishing her food, so that she could have some ice cream for dessert. A few moments later, Grandma snagged a shrimp from Halie's plate. Halie did not even flinch. Did not say a word. Aunt B. pointed out that Halie needed to give her Grandma the same reaction after snatching food from her plate. Halie responded very plainly, "It's okay for Grandma and Grandpa. They're round, and they're old. It's okay." I am 1) secretly wishing she hadn't said it, and 2) That she never says that about her parents.

Acceptance. I'm glad Halie's got the idea.
Next, we'll work on Sharing.


Erin: 31, Emcee. Witty redhead, handy with a whip.

DH: 30, Strong Man. Comedian, defender of virtue.

Halie: 7, Chimpanzee. Pulls teeth, loves bananas.

Catie: 5, Leaping Lemur. Gentle and cuddly, loves grapes.

Rosie: 2, Cappuccin. Flings poo, loves carrots.

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