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April 15, 2017

Parent Failure


This from AD reader Jewel: Last night my youngest girl wanted to dye Easter eggs with the Boy. I was to butt out and let her run the egg show.
I guess she figured that the Boy, being all of 6 years, had pretty much mastered the egg dunk and decided to move him up a level to glue, paint, glitter, googly eyes, and felt. The results were predictable, and were a prelude to a tantrum. But more interesting is the Girl's egg art: The text reads: "Do you ever cook something in the microwave but it's still cold in the middle but you just keep eating it because entropy is unavoidable and the universe is filled with casual and callous destruction?" Clearly, I have failed as a parent.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 15, 2017 11:31 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

Your Say

I would be stunned if I ran into any kid under 20 who could use "entropy" correctly, much less tie in a microwave and philosophy.

Posted by: Gordon at April 15, 2017 11:11 AM

I would be stunned if I ran into any kid under 20 who could use "entropy" correctly, much less tie in a microwave and philosopy.

Posted by: Gordon at April 15, 2017 11:11 AM

This is so Jewel. Love her.

Posted by: Leslie George at April 15, 2017 12:28 PM

How old is this "youngest girl", 30 something? LOL

Posted by: ghostsniper at April 15, 2017 12:44 PM

She just turned 20. Born Easter Sunday. There was a full lunar eclipse, and the Hale Bopp comet was in the sky that Easter. By fourth grade, she had mastered all the spelling tests through 12th grade, and most of the vocab tests, too. She does wicked, funny cartoons that just leave me scratching my head sometimes.

Posted by: Jewel at April 15, 2017 1:06 PM

Jewel, you're a national treasure!

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at April 15, 2017 4:12 PM

The day hath been made. Thank you, Gerard, and a Happy and Blessed Easter to you and yours, and all your dear readers.

Posted by: Jewel at April 15, 2017 7:45 PM

Ah,if only more parents could fail as wonderfully as you,Jewel. You hatched quite the Easter Egg there.

Posted by: Nori at April 15, 2017 7:46 PM

This year my husband 74 and I 68 decided to forego the egg hunt for the grandkids. Instead we put together ( constructed!!) a swing set that had 2 swings, seesaw, rocket glider,chin up, slide and teeter totter. We trusted in the Almighty to see us through. Evidently he took pity on us and after day 4 we finished leaving only 2 washers extra. The Lord gave us 4 days of memories, and an Easter never to forget.

Posted by: Joanne at April 16, 2017 5:09 PM

Well, that's better than 2 missing.

The grandkids will abandon it after about 15 minutes because it's boring and by next summer it will be rusty so it won't matter.

When the adults are sitting on the porch the grandkids prefer to run amongst them getting on their nerves and interrupting the conversations.

It's what they do.

Posted by: ghostsniper at April 17, 2017 4:05 AM

Next year the Boy will be literate enough to start emulating Big Sister with Easter Egg Screeds of his own. Best get him into some interesting stories like Treasure Island, Tom Sawyer, and some (pre-peacenik) Dr Seuss. Otherwise, it's entropy, video games, and the Book of Revelations, enough to whiten the hair of the Easter Bunny.

I can't wait to teach my young nephew this egg trick.

Posted by: Mike Anderson at April 17, 2017 9:04 AM

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