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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
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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)

Holy smokes! Just to join in the chorus, when did Henry morph from little boy to grown up kid?? He looks so much older than I remember in that last pic! And, lest all the previous comments have not filled your head 125% with motherly pride yet (or perhaps with a "WELL, DUH, FOLKS; I believe the saying is that the apple, it does not fall far from the tree, n'est pas?" voice), I will also let you know that he is, indeed, quite the looker.
September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterYoshi
What a heartbreaker! Those eyes and that brown hair. All the girls must be in love with him.
September 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commentershoppista
The OLDEST trick in the book, kid spiking a fever. I loved it. I totally would call in sick with sick kid with a FEVER and then miraculously the FEVER would break and me and first kid or the second kid would have the best day EVAR.

I think kids KNOW when to spike a fever and have some spontaneous time with a 'rent. You KNOW?

This post rocks. Treasure the time/

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteranginak
He's beautiful. Just beautiful.My second grader sounds like a 35 year old man sometimes. What's with all the attitude? They don't realize that they have the rest of their lives when people won't be looking for them to be cute and childlike ;-)
September 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTracy
I love that first dog picture, it's got character.
September 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRenee
Wow he's growing up. A little man!

You did good.
September 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJachiCue
wow, he is gorgeous! his eyes and his hair, and his skin is amazing. he looks a lot like you!
September 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkate
Holy shit, those eyes! You are in so much are going to look back on these times like 'easy street' as soon as the girls get a look at those eyes!!

What a sweetie.
September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAngie
Wow. Henry looks so GROWN UP now. He's a beautiful kid--the perfect eyes! Loved the pictures!
September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKeara
haven't been by in a while i guess, and dude. henry's HUGE. he's practically an adolescent, holy crap. and also gorgeous.
October 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdm
haven't been by in a while i guess, and dude. henry's HUGE. he's practically an adolescent, holy crap. and also gorgeous.
October 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdm

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