Wednesday, April 05, 2006


There's so much to share, mostly about Sarah of course, but I can't seem to get past the mud bog that is our front yard or the incessant sound of trickling rain. Chinese water torture is no myth, my friends! But, I don't want to talk about the weather.

I want to write about the random music mix that I let my computer pick for my mp3 player the other day. It churned out an astonishing compilation of John Denver, Milli Vanilli, and gangsta rap. Wow! Going from happy, sappy Rocky Mountain High, to lip-syncing make-up wearing Germans telling me it's all true (oooh...oooh...oooh I love you), to angry, rapping criminals looking for places to stash their yams and cock their glocks (I don't even know what half of that means!) all during a single jog is enough to make you wonder whether you've had an adrenaline overload or are on the verge of a cerebral aneurysm. See, but I can't write about that, because during this musical assault, I was jogging IN THE RAIN!

I also want to write about Sarah's daily vocabulary explosion. She's throwing words like crumbs, sink, towel, ladder and vacation into full blown sentences. She even corrected me the other day. We were in the backseat of my car. She had a bright red leaf in her hand and was telling me all about how birds eat leaves. Because I can't control my mouth, I tried to chime in with other animals that also eat leaves, but I couldn't think of any. So, like a fool, I blurted out that squirrels eat leaves. Sarah looked at me with a mix of extreme pity and amazement that someone so stupid could have given birth to her and managed to sustain a human for so long. Then, she said very slowly, so her poor dumb mama could understand, "No. Squirrels eat nuts." (For the record, Mike says he's never seen a bird eat a leaf, so Sarah is also wrong, wrong, wrong. Take that wonder kid!) But, I can't write about this either, because we were in the backseat of my car stripping off Sarah's soaked clothes. See, she had gotten wet splashing in RAIN puddles. Can you feel my pain?

Oh, forget it. I think I'll go back to working on that ark.


At 12:41 PM, Anonymous rols said...

i came accross ur blog just by accident, but it was great reading.. specially the little conversation about birds and squirrel. I wonder if birds really don't eat leaves.

At 2:35 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

Oh - your posts just make me smile. :) Sounds like you have a real talker...Emma was too at her age. Hope the rain stops very soon...

At 4:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the fact that vacation has become a part of her vocabulary. When, not if, I get the chance I will broaden her geographical vocabulary even more. I think we all know what that means. xu3

At 11:54 AM, Blogger J Fife said...

rols - I'm definitely going to have to investigate the whole leaf, bird thing.

Rachel - The talking is great. It's amazing what's going on in their heads. The rain stopped!

Anonymous - If it's sunny and warm where you are, then we all might be joining you.

At 12:36 PM, Anonymous rols said...

since i had lots of time to kill today i goggled and came up with a name - hoatzin, the only "leaf-eating" bird alive. kind of interesting, wht do u say?

p.s: i add a pic of this bird on my blog.

At 8:21 AM, Blogger J Fife said...

rols - So, birds do eat leaves! Sarah is right yet again.


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