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How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant
who Will Ruin Your Body, Destroy Your Life, Liquefy Your Brain,
and Finally Turn You
into a Worthwhile
Human Being.

Written by Alice Bradley and Eden Kennedy

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Addendum. And pictures!

I think I made my son sound more obnoxious than I meant to, in yesterday's post. The whole "OF COURSE I" whatever is such a put-on that I find it really amusing. He uses this voice that's not quite his, a sort of a mock-yell, and he quickly reverts to his charming self. It's sort of our schtick, that I ask the questions I'm not supposed to ask and in return he's indignant. In general, I've made it a goal of mine to not complain about my son in this venue—it just doesn't feel fair to him anymore, now that he's growing up (despite my best efforts) and not a baby with the typical baby issues. So. Okay!

On Monday Henry was sick-ish—just unwell enough to spike a fever right before school started, but then well enough to spend the next three hours demanding playground time. I denied him the playground, because I am a Cruel Woman who does not want him to have Fun on the days he is Afflicted with a Malady, but it was a beautiful day and I got stir-crazy so I suggested taking the dog for a walk.

Henry agreed, and took the camera. He took many photos that look just like this one:

Henry took about fifteen pictures of his foot.

But then I suggested he take a picture of Charlie, and he really got some good shots, if I do say so myself.

Henry's portrait of Charlie

I like this extreme close-up of Charlie blissed out on whatever godawful substance he located on this tree. .5 seconds later, he peed on it.

A glorious smell is on this tree

Then Henry gave me the camera, and I watched him and Charlie running amok in the park.


Doesn't he look sick?

Stopping for a rest

I would have been more upset about the lost half-day of freedom if my son wasn't such good company. (Most of the time.) Not that I was unhappy to see him off to school the next day. Sorry, kid, but mama's got to have her writing time, else she goes crazy. Thank you for understanding.


Reader Comments (86)

Well, OF COURSE, he's a giant piece of cutey pie.
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteranna
Oh, my, your kid is stunning. And I'm not taken to complimenting the looks of kids, in general, but that was honestly the first thing that popped into my head when I saw that last picture.
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecky
Wow he looks so much like you! I'd mention how cute he is but that has been covered pretty well by everyone else.
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMara
he is totally GQ in the last picture. get thee to a child modeling agency, stat.
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermfk
Gorgeous kiddo there.
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterelise
Hey he's pretty good and terribly cute! I love fresh kids! It shows courage and brains- as long as they still have their basic goodness of course.
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStarrlife
woah woah wooaahhhh holddd the phone. WHEN did Henry graduate from adorable toddler to HANDSOME KID!? I hope he asked your permission. My kid certainly will not be becoming a handsome child so quickly. He will remain a humble embryo for awhile, and I will allow him to grow enough to be born, and then a little more to be cute, and then he must stop.

but seriously. Woah. He's gotten big since last time you've posted pics of him. Gorgeous!
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLacey Jane
woah woah wooaahhhh holddd the phone. WHEN did Henry graduate from adorable toddler to HANDSOME KID!? I hope he asked your permission. My baby certainly will not be becoming a handsome child so quickly. He will remain a humble embryo for awhile, and I will allow him to grow enough to be born, and then a little more to be cute, and then he must stop.

but seriously. Woah. He's gotten big since last time you've posted pics of him. Gorgeous!
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLacey Jane
Good thing that posted twice. Because I MEANT IT.
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLacey Jane
Your son is strikingly handsome. I'm sure you know.
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Grace
this reminds me so much of my kindergartener! Though he still refuses to tell me about school, except that he doesn't want to go, especially when I drop him off. He says some smart (aleck) things too! :) The blue eyes match as well, in fact when he saw the pic, he asked "Is that me?"
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterApril
Lordie Lordie that boy is handsome! Oy.
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersusannah aka petunia face
Oh my God. What happened to him? I could have sworn he was a cute little boy. Since when is he such a handsome young man? Look at him! So grown up! Like a proper little person.
September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSassy
I don't mean to freak you out but that's a real kid there. Wow, he grew up. He IS handsome.

I need to tell you something about the internet: Many, many people don't get irony. Or the absurd. Or understand black humor. Or maybe that's America or human beings, in general. Or maybe just Americans from certain regions of the country. I've noticed you say something funny often and then people read you literally and then you seem slightly dismayed. But now I worry that you will have to censor yourself down to talking about your shoes or something if you worry about that. And there will be fewer things you can be funny about, which will be sad. For me, anyway. The good news is that your blog is still popular so a substantial number of people get you. And this gives me hope for humanity, the end.

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterozma
He's adorable and the "Of course.." too, my daughter is going through this "Mom but don't you see that..." phase and everytime I tell her to do something she doesn't want to she starts making her point with this and then talks (not that I understand everything she says) for about 5 minutes non stop. Most of the time by the end of it I'm just laughing. we can really see that he's not feeling good, poor Henry (specially in that picture running with the dog).
September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarta
Oh, you have a CUTE kid. One day, I shall have a childthing, and I hope he or she is half as cute.

Of course, if he or she is not, I plan on being oblivious to this fact because of my state of mommy adoration.
September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlly
Well, it's agreed--Henry is the most gorgeous boy ever! And those eyes!!

I can tell that he allowed you to take that final photo--and you are so lucky it came out perfect. Because if it hadn't, he wouldn't have allowed more wasted time in posing for another

That said, Alice, don't you DARE stop writing about Henry!! You cannot imagine the relief I get when I read about your life with Henry and know that at least one other mom on the planet is living my life. However, my two boys are older (12 and 17) but the dear precious daughter is now just 7. And life is hard I tell you. For her, and when it's hard for her, it's hard for us all.

Drama abounds hand in hand with chaos (three kids, three cats, 4 dogs and thankfully one husband) so please know I LIVE for your writing!! (Ever wonder why my blog has few human photos?? Chaos. That's why. Chaos doesn't allow photos to be taken. Ever. And when you try.... it's just ugly.)

Chin up sweet Alice. And if you stop writing about the Glorious Gorgeous Henry, we will come find you--all of us. And Chaos too.
September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRobin
OF COURSE he is super cute! I'm still amazed when I look at my four year old and realize there's no baby or toddler left, just kid.

Time gets to you like that.
September 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermostcurious
My god he's beautiful. When he hits high school you're gonna have to beat the girls off with a stick. Those killer eyes man, seriously.
September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
Absolutely gorgeous!
September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen
I think I can identify with the complaining vs. not complaining thing. Maybe it's sort of a big-sibling mindset. They're our kids, so we demand the right to complain about them, but we don't want anybody else to say/think anything bad about them. Maybe?
September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSandi
He looks like a doll with those bright eyes and perfect skin.
September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMisty
I made the mistake of giving our kids disposable cameras to document our Big Summer Trip. My five year old took about fourteen photos of my ass, and now she won't stop pulling them out of the envelope (oh, no, those won't be posted in any photo albums, thankyouverymuch) and screaming to her sisters: "I took pictures of mom's BUTT! Get it?!? Her BUTT!"

Yeah...I won't be giving that kid a camera again anytime soon.

All of which is to say, I get the obnoxious reference. I REALLY get it. Still, Henry has those eyes, which probably get him a Get Out of Jail Free card more often than not. My kid doesn't have that much cuteness going for her. She has learned, however, to run fast...
September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSheila
I have a good three years worth of pictures my son has taken of his own feet.

Is this yet another "boy" thing? My daughter has never taken a picture of her feet.
September 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkaryn
He definitely has your look about him. It's evident that it was your loins from which he burst. So, y'know. Congratulations for that. High five!(?)
September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterYou can call me, 'Sir'

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