Friday, June 08, 2007

tuning in

One of the things I appreciate about the blogosphere is the many different ways of expressing creativity. For some it's pictures, others, it's art or fiction, and to others, music. Since I don't feel gifted in any of those areas to any particular degree I am always fascinated by those who are. Recently I've gotten into psychedelic zen guitar and I am really enjoying the mix. Check it out.

In other news we had Family Night for the second time last night. We walked downtown to check out a new restaurant and after we were done the table next to us made a big deal over how good M was. She sat in her chair the entire time and ate, you know, like a normal person. No crying, no food on the floor, no refusal to eat. We were both aware of it and commented on it but when others point it out there is some uncontrollable need to make sure they know that this. is. not. normal. I am not sure why I feel the need to do that. I should have just said Hell Yes People, My Kid Is Perfect. Enjoy Your Meal. Next time.

After we ate we walked around downtown, a streeet dotted with small town bars at eateries. M ran abruptly into one such bar and proclaimed loudly hey what are you guys DOING! to the dudes at the bar. They all thought that was pretty funny and for a minute I thought beers were going to be on the house. If only we'd remembered the sippy cup.

31 comments:

Orangeblossoms said...

I think it is nigh on miraculous when a child sits through a meal, bottom in seat, not complaining. Of course it's Not Normal. Of course you should recognize the miracle.... whilst others should recognize your mealtime-suffering the other 99.9 percent of the time.

Been there, done that. Doing it tomorrow.....

Probably a good thing you forgot the sippy cup.... this time.

slouching mom said...

Sounds like a very pleasant, relaxed evening with M.! Sounds, in fact, lovely!

Christine said...

I hate when i get to the bar and realize that i have no sippy cup!

like the music link. Very cool.

Lawyer Mama said...

Sounds like a great family night. I am incredibly jealous of your daughter's good behavior!

Julie Pippert said...

I say thanks if they look like older parents, or people in general. If they are parents of young or younger children, I tend to reassure them that this. is. not. normal.

Not that I've had much need lately, especially since having two. Two just seem to egg each other on.

Hence why I left B&N earlier than planned, tail between legs, apologies falling out of mouth, yesterday.

That bar question was pretty funny...I wonder what any of them said (or thought)!

QT said...

That M, she already knows where all the cool places are!

kristen said...

I LOVE M's proclamation! And they so should have poured you and J a beer. Happy weekend.

Kyla said...

Ahh, yes. I respond like Julie...if they have small kiddos of their own, I assure them it isn't typical behavior. If they are just nice folks, I leave it at "Thanks."

Beck said...

My Boy was - as a toddler - this magical combination of EXTREMELY outgoing and EXTREMELY well-behaved and it was like travelling in public with a small movie star. Your girl sounds like him.

Kelly said...

We got a lot of compliments with #1. #2? Well, we're not anticipating any of those nice statements about good behavior.

'Hey, what are you guys doing?' Priceless, and I'm sure those guys will remember that for the rest of their lives.

Mrs. Chicky said...

Take those types of compliments and tuck them away in a safe place for when you need them... Like when M's being a typical toddler and starts throwing dinner rolls at the patrons.

Oh wait, that's my kid.

Oh, The Joys said...

I just can't help thinking that it's a good thing Rooster wasn't with her... there's peanuts in those places!


(I'm so glad I have something to add today, I love you much my friend but I know nothing about baseball!)

metro mama said...

Your family nights sound like fun!

flutter said...

Well, what WERE those guys doing? *grin*

NotSoSage said...

It's funny, isn't it? I always feel that I have to somehow downplay her good behaviour, but it's not really fair to her (if it's in earshot), because she HAS been extremely good. Hm...a good thing to think on.

And we took Mme L out to a pub last night with a patio that we had to walk through the dingy indoors to get to and she exclaimed, "Oh no, Mama, this is not a good place for us." Whhaaa? Alright, which grandparent captured and brainwashed my child?

kgirl said...

When your babe rocks, sing it loud and proud :)

Susanne said...

Wow. Family night really seems to become a tradition. Already the second time!

I always assure people that our son only behaves well in public. And I have to admit that that isn't fair to him. So now I practice saying thank you and smiling.

I once complained to a friend that my son always behaves well in public while we're fighting endlessly at home. She said I should be thankful it wasn't the other way around.

Also thanks for pointing people over to my husband's music blog. He'll sure appreciate that.

And of course you all have to check it out. It has gorgeous pictures and inspired music.

(What? Who's biased? Me?)

meno said...

ha ha! My husband spilled red wine on the carpet AGAIN last night. I threatened to make him drink from a sippy cup from now on.

Z said...

I always used to say that my children were Perfect. I hoped that the influence might rub off on them (they weren't always then, but they are now).

I also taught them how to drink out of a real cup or glass at a very young age. It made them feel sophisticated.

Karen Forest said...

Are you sure M isn't a regular at this place? Sounds like these guys might be friends of hers.....

Gary said...

As a parent, you feel kind of betrayed in the many situations where people want to see only the positive traits of your kid. It makes you think of your "unobserved suffering" at home. "If you all only knew" comes up like an impulse from the unconscious. Yet we must not forget to be grateful. In public is where the amendment begins.
Jen, I'm all blush and frenzy about your featuring my blog. Can't express my .... (stutter, sputter)

thailandchani said...

I like the idea of "family nights". It's something that would be good for all parents and kids.

I'm not surprised she acted well. :)


Peace,


~Chani

mamatulip said...

Beer in a sippy cup...now you're on to something!

carrie said...

Why is it that is considered "cute" when M does it, but when I do, I just get worried looks?

Sounds fun.

Carrie

Mad Hatter said...

Yes. I do that too. Explain away both the bad and the good behaviour instead of just letting her be. Must get that in check, I think.

Blog Antagonist said...

You gotta respect a gal who is unabashed about asking guys what they are doing. She'll go far. :?)

crazymumma said...

see? they know how to go out. They just reserve the horror for the home front. You know. private hells and all that.

sounds like a great night.

Jocelyn said...

I always find my beer goes down easier when I use a sippy cup.

Yes, a well-behaved child is not something you can control or plan. Take it when it comes, but I like that you don't get superior about it!

Jenn said...

The sippy cup.

Amazing the profound differences in life when you have one versus when you don't.

It's why I keep spares in the car.

tkkerouac said...

great blog!

Hel said...

Your family evenings always sound like such a lighthearted adventure.