Tuesday, October 18, 2005

It's all in the Timing

Not a lot that goes on around here has a whole lot of point to it...

"We have to go to sleep," Darcy explains to the two other boys, both of whom are lying down on the living room floor, "or Santa won't come." Santa? What's provoked this game, in October already? Probably ads during kids TV. You can really tell who watches TVO (which has no ads) vs who watches commercial Saturday morning television, more accurately known as ToysRUs ads with program breaks. Harry assures Darcy that he is, indeed, sleeping. "You can't be if you're talking!" Gee, Darcy sounds suspiciously like me at naptime. They all lay still, or in the nearest toddler approximation of still, for 3.2 seconds, until Darcy, clearly the producer and director of this game, announces, "Okay! Mornin' time!" Everyone bounces up and jostles around semi-purposefully, awaiting the next instruction of pretend. George, however, beats Darcy to the punch, and takes the game an unexpected direction. Surveying the floor, liberally littered with toys, he announces dolefully, "Guys, I'm afraid there are no presents." Darcy is not having his game high-jacked like that. "Yes, there are. But not for you because you didn't sleep." Harry is ever helpful. "You'd better cry for Santa, George, and make him come back." Darcy isn't having that, either. "Crying won't help. Santa doesn't like cry-babies." "Let's go back to sleep and see if he comes again!" George suggests. This new idea fits Darcy's script. Down they all go once again. Everyone is very, very quiet for the requisite 3.2 seconds to bring us into a new day. "Mornin' time!" Darcy calls. George is taking no chances this time. "Did he come?" he checks with Darcy. As Darcy looks around, Zach enters the room. "Oh, Santa Claus!! You came!" Harry crows, delighted. "That's not Santa Claus, that's Zach." "Well, where is Santa Claus?" Harry wants to know, reasonably enough. "He's gone back to the North Pole." Ever the optimist, Harry is undismayed. "To get more presents for us!!" he declares, even though thus far it's unclear whether anyone has received any at all. "Let's go to sleep again, and get more presents!" George suggests. "Yeah!" With great enthusiasm, all four boys lay down once more. Another 3.2 second night, another "Mornin' time!", another day spent fruitlessly looking for toys, another sleep. It's beginning to look like the point of the game for Darcy is getting to yell "Mornin' time!", and after a while, it seems George comes to this conclusion as well. "Mornin' time!" Darcy announces. By now at least a week has passed in this endeavour. "You know what?" George asks. "What?" "Santa can't come because we haven't had Hallowe'en yet. Let's be ghosts instead." And awaaay they go...


Blogger Simon Peter said...


Have the boys cottoned on to all the free entertainment that they provide you (and then us) with yet?

10/18/2005 03:42:00 p.m.  
Blogger aaron said...

LOL (as usual)!

They really are a creative bunch.

10/18/2005 04:05:00 p.m.  
Blogger craziequeen said...

I adore listening to children play - being an invisible audience to their unfettered imaginations...


10/18/2005 05:35:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Simon: No, they have no idea. Nor do I want them to catch on, or else they'd go all stiff and cheesy whenever I was in view.

(Just as they do when they notice a camera: all cute, natural activity ceases, they leap upright, yelling "cheese!" and looking very stiff and silly with these dorky grins all over their faces - unutterably non-photograph-worthy).

No, I'm always elaborately casual, very much not paying attention to any of this wonderful stuff!

Aaron: All toddlers are creative! This is why I very consciously don't intrude myself into their play too often: toddler play is much more creative when it doesn't revolve around an adult.

CQ: It's one of the great joys of the job, no doubt about it, and because I blog it, you get to enjoy it second hand!

10/18/2005 06:13:00 p.m.  
Blogger Simon Peter said...

Understood. The princesses, on the other hand, have been photographed so much that, while they will pose if asked, they just continue right on with whatever they're doing.

That said, princess number one, does now understand the concept of blogging and knows that it means that granny can see pictures or read stories about them. This means that she now suggests blogging anything that they do that causes us to comment on it's cuteness. Pretty smart girl.

10/18/2005 07:22:00 p.m.  
Blogger kimmyk said...

I don't think I could get anything done if I had them in my home. I'd be like "do a play" "pretend you're *insert name here*"
I love to listen to small children and watch them play and make believe. I absolutely love it. In a few years these games will be gone...I hope you enjoy your time with 'em, because I sure enjoy reading about them.

10/18/2005 07:36:00 p.m.  
Blogger ieatcrayonz said...

Pretend is no fun when you try to sprinkle it with reality.

What, no pretend presents?

10/19/2005 09:18:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Simon: Princess #1 is older than my bunch, and, as you say, pretty smart! I've seen the pictures - they pose very well, your princesses.

Kimmy: I do enjoy them. In a few years, these games will be gone, but I'll have the next troop of tots to eavesdrop upon! The fun just never stops. :-)

Crayonz: Toddlers do that a lot - mix reality into their pretend, and Darcy does it in particular. I never did figure out if there were presents; for a while there it seemed like there were, but they never, like, opened them or anything!

10/19/2005 09:54:00 a.m.  
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