Thursday, July 20, 2006

Thanks Damon

After my last post regarding the young Miss Tiny, my brother wrote me possibly the most intelligent, eloquent, supportive e-mail I've ever received. From him. He gave me some props for getting my priorities straight and some very insightful and helpful advice with respect to Madeleine. Today she's been a different child, making small talk with the UPS guy, hunting for bugs and drawing endless pages of trail maps. Part of the problem, as Damon pointed out, is that she needs an extra special amount of intellectual stimulation. She knows how to read and write, having learned when she was 3, and blocks and puzzles just aren't cutting it. I bought her some styrofoam and a box and today she's started a Mean Bug Collection. No flies (they're my pets!), ladybugs (pssht - Mo-om!) or other non-biting, non-stinging bugs allowed. She and Jim inspected each one this evening under his microscope and are now classifying them according to their scientific names. She's also named them according to the elaborate pretend family, of which they are all members.

And, on an entirely different gloating note, I heard the song Crazy this afternoon and immediately started bobbin my head. "Good stuff," I said to myself. When the DJ said the artist was Gnarls Barkley, my first thought was "That can't be right - it sounded just like Cee Lo." And guys, you know WHAT?? It WAS Cee Lo - teamed up with DJ Danger Mouse. Ain't that sumthin? If you've ever been inclined to dismiss my knowledge of what's fuckin' up, let me tell you, beeyatch - STEP OFF! Now, I've got to catch up on why Wasp Mommy left Baby Black and Yellow Hornet with Hairy Spider Babysitter, because that bug drama is the shizit.


Anonymous wordgirl said...

Well...the stuff with Madeleine makes complete sense, but when you said "Crazy", the first person I thought of was Patsy Cline. *sigh*

I'm from a different planet.

7/20/2006 9:10 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

LOL, your funny.

Smart kids are very different from regular ol' kids. Congrats! You will have a much more interesting time. I love smart kids!


7/20/2006 10:39 PM  
Anonymous TB said...

Good catch. I had no idea who Barkely was, but we've been digging on that song. Cool.

I'm glad Madeleine is doing better. If you want I can send you a couple of crazy ass big Palmetto bugs for the collection. They are the giants of the bug world and to my dismay, you can actually hear them skittering across the tile.

7/21/2006 8:35 AM  
Blogger Arabella said...

So glad that Madeleine is doing better and enjoying the entomological stimulation! She's going to grow into quite a smart lady, that one. Maybe she'd enjoy some science books geared towards slighly older children?

7/21/2006 9:13 AM  
Blogger Tink said...

What a great idea! Although the mental image I got:

"Madeleine! Leave that butterfly alone. Go chase that bumblebee over there."

Didn't sound so safe. Hehe

7/21/2006 11:29 AM  
Anonymous mamatulip said...

I love that Gnarles Barkley song, but the rest of the Not so great.

I'm so glad your brother sent you such a great email. I hope Oliver does that for Julia one day. :)

7/21/2006 12:04 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Well I've finally caught up on your last gazillion entries (I suck...what can I say?). I hope Madeleine is well and I love every damn thing you wrote about.

That is all. :)

7/21/2006 11:31 PM  
Anonymous stella said...

hey mig.

im making 'rounds'..and its your turn.

i am so out of all this actually feels like i am looking up porn right now (2am in BFE montana).

hope all is well in your corner...and hopefully one of these days, ill actually catch up with what the heck is going on in your world.

peace. out. YO.

7/22/2006 12:45 AM  
Anonymous LetterB said...

Color me impressed! I might be able to pick out raffi throwing down tracks for a wiggles remix these days but uh, Cee-lo? Who?

7/22/2006 5:04 PM  
Anonymous honestyrain said...

you know, every once in a while i realize that my kids are going crazy because they're bored. in their brains. they need more stimulation and for someone to give them direction. smart kids don't like to stagnate. enjoy the big collecting. i'm not sure THAT'S something i could encourage...eeek, bugs!

7/24/2006 6:38 AM  
Anonymous dd said...

Eeek... Patsy Cline was all that came to my mind too...

When insects get boring there's always bird watching, herpetology, botony...

sampling it all was what my childhood was like.

Glad to hear things are back on track.

7/24/2006 10:55 PM  
Blogger Orange said...

Have you got any flagstones or other big rocks in the yard? If Madeleine hasn't tried finding out what's under them, she's in for a treat. In my garden, there were huge shiny brown centipedes with muscular legs (ick!), assorted earthworms (including the biggest one I've ever seen—and I used to collect worms on a rainy day when I was a kid, so I know from worms), and a zillion pillbugs.

7/25/2006 6:06 AM  
Blogger Tink said...

Where are you Mignon? *Sniff*

7/25/2006 10:22 AM  

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