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Bad Ideas
A few weeks ago when I visited my family in Chicago, I was trying to play "Cool Aunt" with my nephew (almost five years old). I'd gotten each of the kids a couple of little gumball-sized toys, and Will's had glow-in-the-dark drills on it. He was pretty excited about this, and went into the closet to check it out.

He later insisted that I join him in the closet to admire it. I started to join him, when I realized that he was in a tiny linen closet. You know, the kind with horizontal shelves all the way down, and no standing room? He was insistent though, so I scrunched myself up and managed to get the door closed.

We admired the toy for a bit, then we returned to the family room. He started asking us to turn off all of the lights. "It's daytime," I explained to him. "You can't turn off the sun." He got upset and pouty for a bit, so I took him into the bedroom. I thought it'd be fun if we built a pillow fort, and we could use blankets and stuff to make a cave dark enough to see his toy.

He was not in the mood to be satisfied though, and continued grumbling, "It's not dark enough." He wouldn't even crawl into the cave I'd made. Eventually I gave up and put the covers back onto the bed.

Later we settled down and started playing with the toy, and he was enjoying it. Then I saw that the weather was turning quite nice out, so I asked, "Why don't we all walk over to the zoo and look at the alpacas?"

My suggestion was not greeted with enthusiasm, even once we'd explained to Will what an alpaca was. He didn't want to go, he wanted to stay and play. "Well that's okay," I said, "But I think I'd like to go to the zoo. You can stay here if you want."

This provoked a complete melt-down. "Nooo, I want you to stay here and play with meeee!" He was working up quite a temper tantrum when his dad, my brother, took him aside.

This is my brother's general approach to unacceptable behavior: he will remove Will from the situation and talk to him privately about how we are supposed to act.

I didn't hear what my brother said to him, all I heard was my nephew's response. A little voice wailed from the other room, "But she has BAD ideas!"

I caught my sister's eye. Neither of us were able to keep from giggling. The thought still makes me laugh. So there you have it folks. I am much too removed from today's youth. I thought things like pillow forts, zoo trips, and alpacas visits would be cool..... but I have bad ideas.

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jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: November 2nd, 2007 05:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Good to see you back!
ms_hecubus From: ms_hecubus Date: November 2nd, 2007 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Rennie, how did you get so far away from the pulse?

For what it's worth, singing the B-52s while bobbling the baby and rocking her side to side seems to be popular with the 4 month set.
jer_ From: jer_ Date: November 2nd, 2007 11:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Haha... You're so out of touch with the Dora Generation!
larcb From: larcb Date: November 2nd, 2007 11:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, my little Dora fan would LOVE a fort! If you need any pre-school interaction, swing on by!
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: November 2nd, 2007 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
my niece would also love a fort, and alpacas, and helicopters and and and... at not quite four years old, she doesn't realize that "Michigan" is more than just the one house where her aunt and uncle live. we'll still working on that part.
mogwar From: mogwar Date: November 2nd, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Continuing on the "4" theme, my fourth grader picked the captain's style bed in his bedroom because it has cupboards underneath that he can use as a fort. Obviously renniekins' nephew is a freak of nature. :) (Or was just having a bad day and thus anti-everything.)
jebra From: jebra Date: November 2nd, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm ... perhaps we could get together some time and talk about these bad ideas. It might be fun and ... uh ... hang on ... you said "bad ideas" ... not "naughty ideas."

Ah.

Right.

Wanna go to the zoo?
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: November 2nd, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Bad Ideas

They are bad ideas because they are not HIS ideas.(:
johnridley From: johnridley Date: November 2nd, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are we going to have to start building forts at SEMGS? I'm in!
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mrs_sweetpeach From: mrs_sweetpeach Date: November 2nd, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am much too removed from today's youth. I thought things like pillow forts, zoo trips, and alpacas visits would be cool..... but I have bad ideas.


Hmmm, I must be out of step too, as I think those all sound like fun. Tell you what, Rennie, you can play with me anytime!
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: November 3rd, 2007 04:51 am (UTC) (Link)
That's funny :)

Every so often, I get a comment from my nephew along the lines that I don't understand computers as well as he does, and that just cracks me up :)
simplykimberly From: simplykimberly Date: November 5th, 2007 07:32 am (UTC) (Link)
*giggles* The coolest aunts have the BADDEST of ideas :)

That's too funny! I'm glad you and your sister were able to laugh together about it!
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