Monday, January 18, 2010

This Post Would Be Funnier If I Hadn't Taken Out the Paragraph That Alex Called "Borderline, at Best." And, No, I Won't Email You the Paragraph.

Today was lovely. No work...the promise of Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday cake after dinner.

Why? How do you celebrate?

Oh, right. That whole National Day of Service thing. Don't worry, I did that too. Well. My kids did. And Alex. They cleaned up litter from our neighborhood. But I did suggest it.

Quinn came home with a piece of trash that he refused to give up. It was a page from a book that proceeded to live on my desk all afternoon. It was kind of lame because we have plenty of trash in this house without bringing in outside garbage.

I think that kid gets weirder and weirder by the minute. He goes through our recycling bin every day to find treasures. He was really stoked to find a phone book a couple of weeks ago. And he made us buy him new shoes because he says his old ones made his feet itch. See? Weird.

Huh. Wandered off there for a minute. Where was I?

Oh, right. We did some learning about MLK today, just like last year. Jack and I watched the I Have a Dream speech. I printed out a photo of MLK at Jack's request. Jack then wandered around the house claiming to have drawn it. We talked about King, Rosa Parks, and civil rights a little throughout the course of the day. And when we were at the grocery store, we bought Martin's birthday cake.

I'm not sure how much of our civil rights discussion made it into Quinn's head, because while Alex was cooking dinner, Quinn asked, "When is that guy coming over?"

He meant Martin Luther King, Jr.

I think we confused Quinn a little bit this year. But there is always next year, right?

Updated to add: Okay, fine. The paragraph was about the mice at the pet store that we went to and the content of their character. That character? "Aimless." The original paragraph was funnier.


  1. My kids are collectors, so they would have loved a phone book, too. Come on, where's the missing paragraph? Do I have to beg???

  2. I am trying to figure out where the missing paragraph would have gone in the original post.
    My guess is it had to do with the piece of paper that was found outside.

  3. Crap, I totally forgot to do ANY of that. Paul was home and I, uh. Well, I did laundry and I bitched about having to do all the work around here. Then I made oatmeal scotchies. So that's KIND OF celebrating MLK Jr. Day, right?

    My kids save candy wrappers and anything that is anything like a container.

  4. this post is funny anyways.

    day of service? what? i didn't even get a day off.

  5. "When is that guy coming over?"

    DIED laughing. This is exactly why kids are great.

  6. Happy Martin Luther King day. We always lost golden time and man but unfortunately we can't realized that. Let us try to be another one. Let us Salute to KING.

  7. So funny! I have to hide my recycling and garbage from my kids as well--in fact I have many huge bags full of stuff to take to Goodwill but I need to do it when they are either asleep or not home because once they see me hauling it out, they will start digging refuse to let it leave! Quinn did show me his new shoes this weekend, they are nice!
    P.S. Love your disco-loving gerbil!

  8. I want a mouse. But the fish is currently surviving.


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