Fern has mastered the most important one.
Some small animals, like skunks, defend themselves with noxious scent glands. Others, like Opossums, roll up and play dead in the hopes that you will go away. It is not uncommon for little creatures, like butterflies or male peacocks, to have eyespots so as to appear far larger and more threatening than they are.
So it makes sense that, before she has learned to use the potty, to eat a meal without landing half of it on her shirt and the other half on the floor, or to respond rationally to simple questions like, “Would you like a glass of water?” without screaming “NO!” and running down the hall in tears….that she would be practiced in the ancient art of self defense.
Although what she is defending against is unclear. Boredom? Parental seriousness?
Useful in multiple situations, the practice of Vestri Visio est Vix (your face is scary) is done in play, in order to perfect before a needful moment.
The exhibition of teeth is particularly important to show ferocity.
I’m pretty sure I heard the monsters under our bed packing their bags and leaving in the middle of the night.
I hope all you east coasters managed to stay dry over the weekend. Leave a comment and tell me what your experience of the hurricane was. Did you go without power or transportation? Was any part of it fun or interesting? From my past experience, sometimes intense weather can stir things up, not necessarily in a bad way…leaving the comfort zone can be refreshing.
The protests against the Tar Sands in Washington are continuing. The Obama administration is still looking for a way to say “yes” to the pipeline and although the demonstrations finally got front page coverage in the NY Times, the article panders to the oil company propaganda. Here is another petition to sign through CREDO mobile, whose president is at the protests today, willing to risk arrest. I am still writing letters.
Let’s go, team brave hearts! Happy Monday.