Saturday, January 13, 2007

My children make me feel like dancing! (And napping)

I was just checking in on The Bleat. Six-year-old Gnat gets all irritated when her Dad sings. Just like my kids do when I sing. Here's the deal: my five-year-old can really carry a tune, but she's a very guarded individual not given to joyous outbursts of song. I'm trying to model that behavior for her, so for Christmas I bought her a kids' microphone. Upon first opening the gift, she did not seem very impressed or excited. I had anticipated that, so when the excitement died down and most of the relatives had left, I put on a show with Leo Sayer's "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing!" for the kids, my sister-in-law and her fiance, who by then was probably re-thinking his proposal. Basically all I elicited from her was a big yawn.

But later, said microphone disappeared from view and I could hear from my in-law's office the amplified sound of The Alphabet Song. Got her!

Still, she was loathe to perform in front of others, no matter the coaxing. Her two-year-old brother, however, was not. He did a perfect rendition of her song (skipping only one letter) complete with hip-swiveling action to the applause of all and graciously repeated the performance over and over. Adorble, yes. But not the best part.

The best part was watching his five-year-old sister ply for attention during his performances. Too cool to actually go on mike, she groaned and sighed loudly during his numbers, threw herself on the floor and began flopping about unselfconciously and loudly. She couldn't stand the competition.

And now she sings on mike just for the asking. I'm hoping to download video of the Christmas scene when the opportunity arises.



Anonymous kathy said...

you are such a clever mom! Would LOVE to see the video

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Luther said...

Oh your 'Children of Men' and their antics!

10:56 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

A-ha! See, I didn't realize it was women who were infertile. That makes the hero's remark to that Fish terrorist--about the baby not being a boy, it's a girl--more understandable.

Still relishing that I realized what Fugees meant first! I'm thinking of making it into an entire post!

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Luther said...

Yeah well ... at least I knew that it was women who were infertile. Duh!!! :)

It's interesting reading some of the reviews of this movie on IMDB. Out of almost 20,000 votes 80 percent of the votes are in the 8-10 range, and 89 percent are in the 7-10 range. So overwhelmingly it seems like most people like the movie - at least of those that bother to vote on IMDB - but about 3 percent of the respondents absolutely hated it with a passion and voted in the 1-3 range.

One reviewer was very mad that in the book men are infertile, but in the movie it was women - and they thought that was just stupid!! Cracked me up reading that one. Another thought it was promoting a "green and liberal" agenda. Huh?

An interesting tid bit is that the big scene where they are making their way through the war zone and go into the building and such, was done in a single shot with the camera never leaving Clive - now that had to take some planning!!!

12:53 PM  
Blogger Mike in S.A. said...

Posts like these sometimes make me wish I had children of my own.

Re: "Children of Men" - don't give too much of the movie away. I haven't seen it yet!

2:10 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

That is a nice thing to write. Thanks, Mike and thanks Kathy!

BTW, Mike, your comments in Cathy's World really make me want to see Laredo.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Mike in S.A. said...

That is a nice thing to write. Thanks, Mike and thanks Kathy!

You're welcome, Nancy. Never having been married, I've forgotten the joy of family life. I'm only 31, so maybe there's hope for me yet.

BTW, Mike, your comments in Cathy's World really make me want to see Laredo.

Laredo is a nice place to visit. Living there is the challenge, and I wasn't up to it.

How is the weather in Dallas? There's been freezing rain and sleet all day today and there might be snow tonight.

This was supposed to be the first day of the spring semester, but most of San Antonio (including the university where I teach) is closed today, and likely tomorrow too. No doubt my students are enjoying the am I!

1:37 PM  
Anonymous kathy said...

Children of Men -- what a FANTASTIC movie. I have to see it again soon to pick up all the stuff I missed. I read recently that the (POSSIBLE SPOILER WATCH OUT LOOK AWAY!) baby is CG!

I had no idea that it was women who were infertile or that it mattered. See I totally need to see it again. Also Clive Owen is brilliant (and super cute).

3:04 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Mike, I thought of you when I heard the Texas News Radio report about San Antonio weather today--schools closing, roads iced up, etc. We've finally crested 30 degrees here. Brrrrrr.

All right, Mike, stop reading. I'm going to discuss Children of Men.

Kathy, it was an extremely well-directed movie with an eery plot, but it was grim and bleak. I generally don't see movies like that twice. I wonder how Luther figured out the fertility thing though--I don't remember that coming into play. Please report back when you see it again!

4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


charming children!

Snow here in So. Cal - go figure...could Al have been onto something? Our citrus trees are encased in ice... almost surreal looking.

Haven't seen Children of Men...but wonder why its not Children of Women considering who does all the work during their grand entrance!


7:42 PM  
Anonymous luther said...

Well Mike, knowing that it is women who are infertile is the 2nd bullet on the official site - so we didn't give anything away by disclosing this to you.

But how did I know this without actually getting it from the site?


There is a scene where a woman, seems like she used to be a mid-wife or something, starts talking about how women's babies started aborting earlier and earlier until they just no longer became pregnant. Also, Colleen seems to think that they explicitly stated at some point that women are infertile.


But to me there is no real significance to the story line as to which gender is infertile. Well except that it would just be stupid to even pretend that men would be the problem!!! :)

7:49 PM  
Blogger Mike in S.A. said...

I'm enjoying another day off from work, as San Antonio is still iced over. Tomorrow should be back to normal, though.

Looks like I hit a nerve with Donna B. over at Cathy's World. LOL!

Nancy and Luther, thanks for the spoiler warnings. Hopefully I'll get to see "Children of Men" this weekend.

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our orange trees are encased in ice. Its so srange. Icecicles hanging from the branches in the groves in the canyon. Is this really So Cal?!


9:49 PM  

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