I guess there is such a thing as over-doing it. After a couple of hectic weeks, I’ve been doing little else than lounging in a comfy chair reading silly novels and watching silly movies. Well, that’s not entirely true. The school year is over, so the kids are at home full-time, which means a lot more of my attention is diverted by peacemaking duties and dispelling boredom.

Overall, though, the kids have been pretty good and entertaining. Just the other day, I had booked an appointment for a haircut and was lecturing them on how they should behave in the salon, “sit quietly, no running around or screaming or touching things or…well, just sit quietly and color or read, ok???”

Sam responded, “Hey mom, I know how to make armpit farts!”

I worried that I hadn’t gotten through to him, but he and his sister were very good in the salon–not a single armpit fart was heard!

And then, later that day, I was telling him about audio books and how they might be a fun way to tackle some of the more challenging books he’s interested in reading. Sam resisted the idea, because he hates to admit that he needs help with anything…that he’s not instantly good at everything he tries (I wonder where he got that trait?) I rolled my eyes and said, “don’t knock it until you try it!”

He looked at me blankly. I proceeded to explain what I meant, that he should give something a chance before dismissing it out-of-hand–that “don’t knock it until you try it” was an expression.

A light bulb went on for him at that moment and he said, “oh…like when someone says ‘who cut the cheese!’”

At least he’s sticking with a theme…

When your days are filled with moments like those, you can see how craft projects might take a back seat. I’ve read two highly entertaining “knit lit” books though:

Needles and Pearls: A Novel
The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club

Neither of these books are great literature, but they are perfect for relaxing–like a good box of chocolates. The main character’s description of super moms and their horrible children had me laughing out loud. Unfortunately, I’ve encountered the type too often since I became a parent myself. I could identify with the main character in a lot of ways–not that I had a cheating husband who got himself killed in a car crash or famous friends, etc. etc., but her experience of leaving a high pressure job and finding happiness in her family and a slower-paced lifestyle sounds very familiar.

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