Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Toddlers are Contrary Critters

Despite a sky the colour of my son's "white" sport socks - the way they used to look, anyway, before I strategically switched to gray socks, so now they can be this colour legitimately - and a rather damp wind, the children's relentless energy drove me outside. Maybe with an hour or so of park play under their little belts, they would be able to sit for more than four seconds. Maybe they would stop the ear-piercing shrieking that always accompanies their running. Their ceaseless, kitchen-to-livingroom, livingroom-to-kitchen floor-pounding, china-rattling, bambambambambambam.... Those little feet do not "pitter-patter", let me tell you. Never mind those skies. Never mind the damp. Never mind the nasty chill wind. Must. Get. Out. Of. The. House. So we pack them up (no one was helping me; that was a royal "we"), we get them outside, we take them to the park, and when we get there.... They sit in the sand. They sit on the play structure.They are calm, they are still, they are quiet.



Blogger Simon Peter said...

He he he. Contrary things aren't they?

11/22/2005 02:40:00 p.m.  
Blogger kimmyk said...

they all look so deep in thought.

i'd be afraid if i saw that.

11/22/2005 07:37:00 p.m.  
Blogger Aginoth said...

And the moment you get them home they'll run you ragged

11/23/2005 07:28:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Simon: They are indeed. They will never convince me that the walk to the park was sufficient to tire them out to that degree. It's contrariness, pure and simple.

kimmyk: George, in the bottom frame, is a thinker. Usually it's constructive. Harry in the top frame is not a thinker. He's chaos on legs, but there's no forethought involved whatsoever. And Hunter in the middle one, staring upwards? He's such a ball of total anxiety that some days I wonder if he's capable of thought...

So I think I'm safe.

Aginoth: EXACTLY!! Hence the ARGH at the bottom. Harry in particular doesn't like to walk, complains of tiredness the whole way we go anywhere, won't run ahead in the park with the other children - and thunders ceaselessly all day indoors. Why, why, why???

11/23/2005 07:57:00 a.m.  
Blogger LoryKC said...

Because Harry can't THUNDER in the park! ; )

11/23/2005 11:52:00 a.m.  
Blogger craziequeen said...

But that's children - contrary, challenging and utterly remarkable :-)


11/23/2005 03:30:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Lory: LORY!! You're a genius! Now, if they'd only put in some nice boardwalk somewhere for the thundering, he'd probably love the park! Utter genius.

CQ: Love 'em or leave 'em.

11/23/2005 09:35:00 p.m.  

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