Monday, October 13, 2008

The One Where I Talk About Children

Darlings, forgive my negligence of late. I am feeling rather low and uninspired. I certainly don't want to turn this into the "depression blog" as I've seen some of those and after a while they bring you down to the point that you just don't want to read them anymore. But lately I've been feeling sad and rather than bring all of you lovelies down with me, I took a little hiatus.

Anyhow, I DO need to share with you my Thanksgiving festivities from yesterday. It may spread into a few posts, as I think I received ample inspiration from that one event.

Today's post will be slanted toward children.

Now I don't know if I've ever discussed my thoughts on children. I have a couple of nieces and nephews and I love them dearly. I don't know that I want any of my own. I am convinced that I would be a mean/overly strict parent. I find children nowadays kind of appalling in that they don't receive adequate discipline because parents seem afraid to do so. Perhaps the maternal instinct will come to me late, but for now I am content to adore and spoil the little ones in my family, and then give them back at the end of the night.

Aside from freaking out about food and space and cleaning, I was concerned that the little ones would be bored and cramped. So I actually put some time and thought into what they would be doing while they were here.

I dedicated a room to them. I pulled out my old barbies, brought down my dollhouse and furniture and put out on display my precious tiara and fairy wand. OK, the girls were covered.

Uh huh. There are two seven year old boys that I need to worry about now. What do I do about them? I don't know how to work boys. (On sooo many levels, but that's not the point of this post is it?)

Ok, what can I do for them? Oooh, I have some art supplies. That should work. I loved to draw when I was little. K offered me her mini DVD players, and then was an absolute saint when she thought to bring me some kids movies too. (I didn't think to ask for those- I realized belatedly that all I had that might be kid appropriate was "Hairspray" and some "Animaniacs" cartoons. And the Animaniacs are questionable when it comes to "appropriate".)

Ok, we're set. The kids have a room to themselves. They can even play on my computer if they want. They all have Webkinz. This should be enough to amuse them for a few hours, right?

I looked around the room in satisfaction. It was fantastic. No adult ever took care of me like that before. The kids would never have to leave the room! They would eat, and play and everything would be fantastic. I mean, they wouldn't go into other rooms right? There's nothing fun in the kitchen or the bathroom or my bedroom or anything.

So, yeah. That "special box" that I keep beside my bed? The one that's completely innocuous? The children wouldn't look in there right? I mean I don't need to hide that or anything do I?

I remembered when I was 21 and my parents went away. I had a bunch of friends stay over, and my boyfriend and I stayed in their room. Yes, we had sex. But there was no reason to check around the bed. I saw him dispose of the condom and the wrapper. And then the parents came home. And found the second condom and wrapper behind the bed. Le sigh.

Uh huh. Just in case maybe that can go up into the closet. On the top shelf. Behind some books.

So the children arrive. (Oh yeah, and the adults too). The girls are 4 and 9. The boys are both 7. J, the 9 year old immediately starts snooping. "J, there's nothing for you in there. " "J?" Ok, go ahead and tear apart that chest withmypreciousgiftwraptagsandcards...no problem. Oh yeah, go through all my jewellery too. My linen closet? Go ahead- that's super fun for kids.

It was hilarious. I would like to think that I would never have snooped through a grown up's things like that, but I do remember finding my parents' room fascinating. So I guess my place had the same novelty. I have to admit, I was pretty surprised though. The kids were EVERYwhere. Who knew that my bathtub was a fun place to hang out in. Good thing I clean all over...

The only casualty was a figurine that I was silly enough to leave out. I can't even blame the kids for not telling me that they broke the head off. I mean who wants to risk getting in trouble, right? Easily fixed with crazy glue.

I am super happy that I moved that box though. Who needs to find my erotica and battery operated boyfriend? And I have to confess, my concern about that? Not so much about the kids seeing it- but the possibility that it might result in my Dad finding out about it. I don't need that round of therapy.

Anyways, the kids seemed to have fun in the end, and that's all that mattered.

Next episode: the food, seating and dishes...

11 comments:

Random Musings Of My Life said...

What a great idea.. And yeah it was safe to hide the box...lol

sequined said...

You are so thoughtful toward those kids! Too bad they had to snoop through everything else in spite of all your efforts, but you still gain major points for doing all that for them.

Princess in Galoshes said...

Uh. I think I would be WAY more overprotective/controlling than you would be. Did their parents not tell them to stop looking through your personal stuff? I would have had a hard time with that, even if it was my darling relatives.

At least you were smart to remove the "special box." :-)

Backpacker momma said...

We are SO coming over. Why would we go to a restaurant when theres so much for mck to do at YOUR place!!! No brainer. I'll pick up Wendy's and she'll leave us alone. Imagine....

Psychgrad said...

Wow - what a great host. I'd probably just make it the parents' responsibility to make sure that their kids would be entertained. Actually...now that I think I of it, I can count the number of times that I've had kids in my apartment on one hand. I tried to entertain the last kid I had over by getting him to count the cars that drove by my apartment. LOL. Yeah - that lasted all of one minute.

Looking forward to seeing the meal!

Chief Rock Chef said...

What is it with kids rampaging like that? My kids would never do that in someone else's house. They would have played barbie, drawn pictures and watched DVDs - even now!

Sorry to hear you have been down lately - hope there are some more good things coming up - halloween parties and stuff?

James said...

That was funny. I could kind of see it coming-kids are very curious about adults.

PinkPiddyPaws said...

Yep.. the idea that you have to "child proof" your house, not for THEIR safety but for the safety of your belongings... proof yet again, that sterilization is a good thing.

Princess of the Universe said...

-Random- yeah- thank goodness I did that!

Seq- Ahh well, kids will be kids...

Galoshes - I don't think their parents noticed. Perhaps I was being too sensitive?

BPM - looking forward to it!

PsychG- I think I went overboard with the planning...

Chief- it wasn't so bad- I'm just not used to it, so I really noticed it!

James - I know that I was!

PPP- well...I think we should probably let enough live so the population doesn't totally die out...

xo

server extraordanare said...

I admit as a kid I snooped but not so openly, my Mom would have shot me....
Nice to see you set up a room for the bratz, oops I mean kids....

Glamourpuss said...

How very thoughtful of you. Personally, I would have been very pissed off if they snooped at all my stuff. Whatever happened to children not touching stuff that didn't belong to them?

Puss

 
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