Archive | February 3, 2009

Other days, they take you utterly by surprise


Some days it’s all you can do to hold it together, they’re driving you so nuts, and you step into a nearby room for the quiet opportunity to drop your face in your hands and attempt to recover equanimity before one of them scampers in and bumps the mania/sadism up a notch. Other days, they take you utterly by surprise.

We had a little extra time at one point yesterday — her brother’s nap, we didn’t have to go anywhere just yet. I had been at work at the computer, and the lil’ monkey wandered up. Not so lil’ anymore. I was preparing to foist on her a plan to watch some Jaques Pépin cooking videos which I’d recently found online.  We’d had a dandy time over the weekend happening upon his show on the TV set,  what with “Jaques” being the name we give me when I do the fake French accent, and what with the girlie really hitting her stride lately as a sous chef.  Okay so mostly we make pancakes and biscuits and cookies.  But still.  For the whole show, she insisted I stay in character as Jaques.  We learned a lot.  Thank heavens she has a seemingly photographic memory, because we didn’t have a means to pause the show and scribble down the recipes.  

So there I am, poised at the computer, and she walks up to me ready to play.  I’m prepared to announce that I found more Jaques on the computer, when she says, breathlessly, “Baba, I have an idea!”

“What?!” I am almost certain she is about to say, “Let’s watch another cooking show!”  But instead she says:

“Let’s look at your mama’s violin!  We haven’t done that in a long time!”

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