Sometimes I Wonder

So, the comments on my last post were all pretty awesome. You guys are okay by me. It did make me wonder, though: do I come across as knowing what I am doing most of the time? Because I feel like I do. At the risk of sounding egotistical, I think I’m a great parent. But because I know there are a lot of people reading this, I tend to play up my inadequacy sometimes. Because it is funny. But sometimes I think people are not reading it as humor but as total lack of confidence. So I feel the need to say, “Don’t worry! I am plenty confident.” And of course, the fact that I feel like I have to say that just proves that I AM NOT CONFIDENT.

Welcome to my brain.

So anyway. Did I tell you all that when we were swimming every day at Cassie’s, Sam would get out of the pool and go to the restroom when he needed to pee? I think he is the only child in the history of swimming pools to do that without prompting of any kind. (Frankly, I don’t care if he pees in the pool.) (Oh, that reminds me–we are all set now for diapers but we’re going to need a small swim diaper. Somebody make sure I buy one before next summer.)

Here’s a good story: The other day Will and Sam were having a Jedi fight. Not a light saber fight, but a force fight. Will suddenly extended his Wolverine claws and Sam, not missing a beat, put his hand up to his temple and blasted Will with his Cyclops eye beams. No wonder Sam doesn’t talk a lot–he is way too busy thinking up awesome ways to knock his mom out with his own awesomeness (no, my double use of “awesome” was NOT redundant).

And in other news, Los Angeles is burning. Again. There are four major fires in four different directions basically surrounding the city. We are perfectly safe except for all the ash in the air, but at least one of the fires is like 0% contained so I am pretty worried for the people who live closer than we do.

8 thoughts on “Sometimes I Wonder

  1. georgia

    August 30, 2009 at 11:18am

    is there anything better than watching a little boy play with his daddy? maybe listening to the giggles as they play is slightly better. it’s my favorite thing in the world :)

  2. B

    August 30, 2009 at 12:04pm

    your confidence as a parent is what drew me to this blog to be honest (I didn’t find you till after Sam was born; not to say I don’t like your non-Sam entries because I do – it’s just hopefully illustrating my point that you do come across as knowing how to handle your son and your role as a mom in his life. Welcome to MY brain as I over-explain….)

    That lack of peeing in the pool thing is totally awesome.
    That is all.

  3. Katherine

    August 30, 2009 at 12:28pm

    You know (and understand) your kid. I think if you were utterly baffled by your child (and some parents are), your moments of doubt would be more intense and/or frequent. But all good parents have doubts about whether they are doing their best to encourage their kids to be awesome, but I think those moments often come later in a child’s development, when they are interacting more with the systems of the world and other people and they are having their own struggles and doubts.

    And that was the most runned-on sentence I have ever written. I can’t even begin to edit it for sense-making.

    Also, Sam totally peed in my pool. He was standing on the edge when he did it, but I think it still counts.

  4. Annika

    August 30, 2009 at 12:31pm

    Ahh, but Sam was not yet potty trained last time we were at your house.

  5. Katherine

    August 30, 2009 at 2:37pm

    Also, I failed to mention that he was not wearing pants. The rules were different then. :-)

  6. Papaya Mom

    August 30, 2009 at 7:51pm

    I think it is an older kid thing to pee in a pool – Maya will get up out of the pool every time to go use the potty. Older comes the concept of cheating against the “not peeing in panties” rule I assume because it’s sure not at 4. :)

  7. liz

    August 31, 2009 at 6:19am

    I think you’re a great parent.

  8. courtney

    August 31, 2009 at 7:57am

    The other day Will and Sam were having a Jedi fight. Not a light saber fight, but a force fight. Will suddenly extended his Wolverine claws and Sam, not missing a beat, put his hand up to his temple and blasted Will with his Cyclops eye beams.

    So much awesome.

    Thinking of everyone in LA. Glad you guys are safe.

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