Ethan asked, "Who works harder? You- who stays home with us? Or Dad- who goes to an
I employed socratic dialogue and asked a question about the question, "What do you
think?" (He is too young of a man to know this is a loaded question).
"Well," he began, "You don't get breaks and you have to deal with stinky stuff - so I
think you work harder."
"I like the way your mind works Ethan."
I thought it best as we had to get up early and I didn’t want to be bothered by his snoring all night. Ysabeau kept poking her dad and telling him "to stop making all that noise!"
We will ask him how his day went and he will tell us about all the games he plays at recess, in particular his favorite “pine cone wars” but then tacks on a gem like this at the end: “What happens to God when the universe ends?”
I love philosophy so I don’t want to ignore him but Xavier has entered this high demand eating stage where if you don’t have the next spoonful loaded and ready, he goes red, practically chokes on what he already has in his mouth and begins to shake and scream.
In the midst of this we just hope Ysabeau hasn’t left the table to empty her personal little potty into the “big girl toilet” (her favorite ‘helpful’ thing to do right now). Which usually means nothing has made it to the toilet to flush because it’s all over the floor.
After one particular fit, I started calling her “Beau-dica” Warrior Queen.
She laughed and said “No mommy! Its not Beau-di-ca. Its Beau-di-COW.! MMMOOOOOOOO!”.
Ethan couldn’t bear to see me sad.
“I have to do it,” he said.
“I have to sell my Pokemon cards. I will see them for $1 each”
“Oh don’t worry. Anyway, I appreciate the gesture but even that wouldn’t cover the cost”.
“Okay – I will see them for $3 each”.
“I don’t think Holy Family allows extortion at school. But really Ethan, you don’t know what that means to me.
He really was offering to sell everything he has for me. (He doesn’t have all his toys here in Canada and most are at his other home).
That’s MerSheep (Ethan claims the sheep is part mermaid)
An Ent (LOTR)
Lucy (Elephant who paints from Edmonton Zoo stuffy)
Xochitl (Indigenous Mexican doll)
Below is Ysa's minature tea set which is she equally loves. Sometimes she puts her little peg saints on the chairs. I can just imagine the table discussion: Best Marian Appartion. Go!