Friday, July 20, 2012
Look, a chicken!
G and K did pretty well, all things considered. Two only children adapting to not being the center of attention at all times...quite the adventure! ;-) All you people with more than one child are probably giggling to yourselves, but I'll just state the obvious: having one kid is WAY easier than two. All things require compromise, and only children are not famous for their skills at compromise. Their idea of compromise is to make a proclamation and then wait for someone to "make it so" - they'll compromise on how long it takes for their demand to become a reality. The adjustment period for our kids is still underway. It brings back memories of me and my step-brother and how we learned to get along. We're very close now, but I think it took years, my poor parents! Now I have serious empathy for them.
Carl is better at dealing with it than I am. I get worn out by the constant bickering and have considered a transaction with gypsies to resolve the situation. Carl on the other hand tries to distract them from whatever the issue is - his joke distraction is always "look a chicken" - which oddly enough tends to work...the kids know its a joke, but they also know this is their queue to resolve their issue quickly before the grown-ups break in and resolve it for them.
I really appreciate his patience, and if the kids don't appreciate it, they should...I've got the phone number for the gypsies on speed dial.