I have been feeling better and better each day, thanks in NO small part to all of you. (Crap, you already know that, right?)
In which I discuss the gift of the magi
Both my girls had to read “The Gift of the Magi” for school and then write a paper on it. Because Keely and Andie are only 15 months apart, each year Andie ended up doing the exact same assignments that Keely had just done the previous year.
Although, this is often a mixed blessing, in some ways it can be loads of fun. This is one of the fun times. Andie had to read “The Gift of the Magi” for school and then write an essay on the character Jim who was Della’s husband. For those of you who haven’t read the story, it is a famous Christmas story by O’Henry and it goes like this: Jim and Della were quite poor but deeply in love. Della, who only has $1.87 wants to get her husband Jim a present. They both treasure two items that they own: Della’s hair and Jim’s gold watch. So basically the rest of the story unfolds as Della sells her hair to get a chain for Jims watch, and he, of course, sells his watch to buy her combs for her hair. The moral of the story is it’s better to give then to receive, but as Keely pointed out, both the characters of the story ended up screwed at the end so what’s the point? At any rate, Andie was writing her essay and she asked Keely and myself to come up with a “title” to the essay. In yet another great example of “awesome parenting moments,” we came up with some terrific ideas. Here were the finalists:
1. Did you get a haircut?
2. Quit yankin’ my chain!
3. Slim Jim
4. The Crummy Christmas
5. Do you know the time?
By the time we finished yelling out all the possibilities, the three of us were cracking up and Andie was disgusted. Laughing, but still disgusted.
So, if you ever need any parenting help, I suggest you contact me immediately. I’m also available for birthday parties and bar mitzvahs. I’m just saying…
(visit my friend Sharon., if you have a moment, who is taking a new path.)