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Yow! This morning when the alarm went off at 6-oh-fucking-early-o'clock, I reached out an arm and smacked it, but somehow managed to turn it OFF instead of hitting the snooze button. The next time I pried an eye open and looked it was a QUARTER TO EIGHT!!! Aaagh!! Kids still sleeping, Anders still sleeping... 20 minutes of panic racing around throwing clothes on kids and jumping in and out of the shower... good thing I had a massage scheduled at 9 a.m., is all I have to say about that.

I'm in the middle of reading Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. So far, it's dreamy. His writing is just wonderful, full of unexpected loops and twisty metaphors and he fully expects you to keep up with him. I read his first book, The Virgin Suicides, with mixed feelings: loved the writing, was uncomfortable with the subject matter. I've never been able to bring myself to see the movie, as I'm pretty sure it would be a fairly gratuitous take on the events in the book.

Work is insanely busy, but I'm sneaking in 5 minutes to write this anyway. For you readers out there, just found this wonderful website: ChickLit. I know, I know, I'm SO behind when it comes to the internet. There's a thread on the forums there, entitled "Should We Burn Babar?" discussing the pros and cons of reading our favorite children's literature to OUR children, when so many of them have bits that are not politically correct in this day and age. Fascinating reading anyway. Someone brings up the minstrel show in one of the Little House on the Prairie books, and denounced it for portraying African-Americans in a negative way, but to my way of thinking, this was an autobiography! That's how things were. It's history. Same thing goes for class differences in Victorian children's literature. We can tell our children that some attitudes are outdated or just plain wrong, but I don't want to deprive my children of, for example, Enid Blyton or E. Nesbit, because they had Irish maids in their stories and had storylines involving girls not being allowed to do boy things. And I certainly don't want to deprive them of Curious George or Babar or any of the other wonderful children's books that may have something in them that we now consider to be a no-no. Many of the things people object to nowadays are a fact of life. Or were. If we don't learn history, we are doomed to repeat it, n'est-ce pas?

Anders has started tiling the little bathroom because the tile guy finked out on us, claiming sickness. hmph. Anders will do a better job anyway, and we'll save money, to boot. He worked for 4 hours last night and got nearly half of the tiling done. It looks SO cool. And the best part: TWO toilets in the house. :) just in time for Christmas. And my moose collection will finally have a home again.

Speaking of TWO, our other big news (relatively speaking) is that Martin is very likely going to lose his two bottom front teeth before Christmas. I can't wait to play the song for him. :) He's so excited, because most of the other kids in his class have already lost a couple of teeth. You can see one of the adult teeth pushing up BEHIND the baby teeth (which I'm not so thrilled about because the word braces keeps flashing behind my eyes). Martin told me last night he wanted to wait until all 20 of his baby teeth had come out and put them under his pillow all at once for the tooth fairy, but I told him she was too little to carry that much :)
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music: Seal—Kiss From a Rose


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haha...kids are so funny!!

Yes..I think its important to teach kids the history of our cultures. African Americans were not treated very nicely and I think its important to teach kids that and also teach them how things have changed since those times.

so true. Neither were girls and women characters in lots of classic stories, but I don't necessarily think they (or we for reading them) were the worse for it.

Burn Babar? Of all the physcial and psychological dangers today's children face, I don't think Babar is the scariest. As you said, many of those elements which we recognize as politically incorrect or wrong were a part of someone else's reality--why not use those parts of otherwise wonderful stories which often have great values to cultivate a sense of appreciation and justice? (Though I am not a mother yet, I will without hesitation share CSLewis, Louisa Alcott, and my other childhood favorites with my children when I am.)

There's apparently a book titled "Should We Burn Babar?" that talks about this subject and sounds like it would be a really good read. The argument on the forum, and perhaps in the book, (I don't know for sure since I haven't read it yet) is that it promotes French colonialism, which I find marginal, at best.

My son was seven before he lost his first baby tooth. The first adult tooth came in 45 degrees out of alignment with the rest. His dentist assured me that his tongue would straighten it out, and he was right. Thanks for reminding me of the "Two Front Teeth" song. One of Mungo's top front teeth is very wobbly!

I had a similar reaction to yours to The Virgin Suicides. I expected Middlesex to be more lovely writing about a more sensationalistic topic. If you say it's good, I'll have to try it.

It took him NINE years to write, and it's so beautifully crafted, I'm having a hard time putting it down to make dinner for the kids or go to sleep or anything else. :) Actually, I'm only about a third of the way into it, it's a BIG book. It's also a sort of love letter to Detroit, which is really fun to read about, as it's where my grandparents lived for years and where I was born (although I only lived there for about 3 weeks). :) and thanks for the reassurance about the tooth!!

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*blush* I don't know if I should admit it here. :) I have a moose collection. I've been collecting them since I was 16, long before my Swede ever came along. :) LOL I'm not an active collector, though, so please don't send me any. They just seem to be attracted to me. Anders relegated them to the guest bathroom when they started getting out of control, but he still won't let me put up the "Warning Moose Crossing" sign on the bathroom door!

Jeeze, I hate to think of all the books I shouldn't have read and shouldn't read now. Nasty things, un-PC things like Little Women, the All-Of-A-Kind Family, Half Magic, Arabian Nights.

The Would-be-Goods, The Naughtiest Girl in the School, Peter Pan, A Little Princess, Heidi...the list goes on and on and on :)

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