Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The four S response

*Scratches head, Shrugs, Smiles and Sighs*
Applicable in a multitude of situations and conversations both overheard and had with my kids. It's part of my new response policy. For example:

Nadine's prayer of "Dear God please make me a dog named Martha. Amen."
Insert four S response and I'm not sure I really have anything else to say about that. I believe I've thoroughly outlined our identity issues in previous posts.

This is Martha, a PBS kids sloth day favorite. That is occasionally we have a sloth day at our house where we are collectively unmotivated.  Confession time, there's often a sloth period of an hour or so to every day of the week here while I try and load up on coffee, but sometimes we deem pyjama sloth days if we're sick, tired, sick and tired, sick and tired of being sick and tired etc. Sloth days include a lot of PBS kids. I've learned to pay close attention to what the kids are watching. It helps with the questioning and quizzes that are part of the rest of the day.
While walking through Costco yesterday Ryan was belting out, and I do mean belting a PBS song. There's a guitar wielding optimistic do-gooder on PBS that comes on for brief interjections of positive thought embedded in a catchy tune. Ryan (a remarkably good singer) relives these often.

He's been singing this today also, his modified version of "I can be anything I want to be" ends with,
"hmmmm a cement truck, or a backhoe" and the occasional use of jazz hands at times during the serenade. There's also been an encouraging word to his big sister regarding her current desire to be a dog named Martha. She can be anything at all too you know. Why would I tell them any different?
Insert 4 S response here.

Braeden currently needs a penalty for high sticking so I suppose I'll leave the explanations at that. Really what else is there to say.


  1. I never know what to make of those motivational kids songs. On one hand, encouraging. On the other, galloping manipulative humanism at its most pernicious. Becoming a backhoe and a dog named Martha seem like the best possible ways of making the best of PBS. :)