Tuesday, December 19, 2006


1. This past Saturday--nine days before Christmas and five days before the winter solstice--I went running. Outside, in Minneapolis, wearing shorts. This may or may not be evidence of global warming, but it sure is weird. Not entirely unwelcome, but weird.

2. Last Thursday night I took the kids to the Disney on Ice show at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. If you've never been to one of these, basically what happens is costumed figure skaters twirl around enacting abridged versions of various Disney movies. And there's a handy intermission, so you can be sure to succumb to buying at least one of the overpriced items of Disney memorabilia that you resisted on the way in, and so Daddy can get another beer.

Anyway, about three stories in--it was Beauty and the Beast, and the Beast had just turned into a not-Beast and was gliding blissfully intertwined with whatever the hell the girl's name is as they pledged their eternal love for each other--the five-year-old turns to me and says, somewhat quizzically, "All these stories end good." Meaning they all have happy endings.

"Would you rather they ended bad?" I responded.

"No," she said, matter-of-factly. "It's just weird."

3. Said five-year-old's mysterious predilection for things Chinese has taken a new turn. In our previous trips to the library, she checked out Chinese language books from the children's section. (Mind you, these are not books about China. These are books in Chinese, which, needless to say, she can't read any more than she can read English.) In our most recent visit, I made the mistake of showing her where the foreign language stacks are for the adult section. She promptly put back the children's video she was going to borrow and chose three Chinese novels.


Belle. The "Beauty" in "Beauty & the Beast" is Belle. I know this because my 5 year old possesses every piece of Disney Princesses (tm) imprinted merchandise ever manufactured.

By Blogger LearnedFoot, at 8:56 AM  

You're absolutely right, it's Belle; don't know why that name slipped my mind. Maybe one of the "large" "beers" I paid $5.75 for went to my head.

By Blogger THE WARRIOR MONK, at 9:43 AM  

Good things can start in a simple way. If her interest in things Chinese continues, perhaps she would be motivated to learn Mandarin and to dig deeper into Chinese literature, or whereever this might lead. Developing a passion for anything that involves learning and study is a good thing.

By Blogger Jim, at 2:12 PM  

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