23 March 2010

Overheard

[around 6:45 a.m., over the monitor]

Maddie: Riley, a is a vowel and a consonant!
Riley: No, Maddie, no. A is vowel. Q is a consonant.
Maddie: Yes, yes, q is a consonant. O is a vowel.
Riley: Q is a consonant but u is a vowel. They are a team.
Maddie: But a, a is a vowel and a consonant, Riley. It is both. THAT IS CRAZY.
Riley: I'm not sure, Maddie. I'm not sure.
Maddie: P says /p/. Say it Riley, /p/. And o says /o/. /p/, /o/. They rhyme! They have the same sound at the beginning, but not at the end.
Riley [losing interest in this thread]: Maddie, it is spring break. Spring is gone right now, but it will be back.

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I am having a monumentally sucky day on both a work and personal level. Neither situation is really bloggable. I'm drinking a lot of coffee as a coping mechanism. It's not helping.

It seems to me that life can take two paths. It can either be pretty much flat—stable, safe, maybe even a little boring. Or it can have higher highs that, with them, bring lower lows. I think the highs and lows, and the attendant risks, make for a more rewarding path than plodding along in the safety zone. But getting through the lows is no fun, no fun at all.

Wish I could be less vague. Wish this day were over.

24 comments:

Anna said...

Sorry it's so sucky. But that conversation is gold!

Keen said...

I agree that that conversation is awesome on many levels. And I'm sorry you're having a lousy day! May tomorrow be better.

Megan said...

Sucky days suck. I hope it goes quickly for you and that you feel much better tomorrow!

PS I can bring you Native Bowl for lunch tomorrow if that helps anything.

Sadia said...

Sorry for suck, but WOW you have some smart kids. :)

Lyndsay said...

Thank goodness for sweet overheard conversations like that to make any day less sucky!

nuvs said...

Thanks for sharing that conversation—it's hilarious, and lifted my spirits!

I hope your spirits continue to get lifted!

winecat said...

What a delightful chat to hear first thing in the morning.

Sorry life sucks right now, getting through the lows is REALLY, REALLY difficult. I know of what I speak.

Rev Dr Mom said...

Sorry about the sucky day. Hope things look up soon.

Rachel said...

Love that conversation. They are so smart!

Hope everything gets better for you soon. I think what you said about the highs/ lows makes a lot of sense. I feel the same way, and I always opt for more excitement anyway.

Assateague Girl said...

I'm sorry to hear the day was so awful, Snick. To cheer you up:
http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/

It's likely you've seen it before-- if so, you can just look at the new postings and crack up :).

LOVE the conversation between your two little ones. They are so smart!

BiancaW said...

Really? Really, really? They know the difference between and vowel and a consonant? How old are they again? I thought they were around the 4ish mark? My son is FIVE, in Grade R and I have not even THOUGHT of explaining the difference!

And.......this is not the first time your kids have seriously impressed me! You are amazing!!

Hope your sucky day got better!

Susan said...

Snick - I am there. I am so there today. I am so ready to leave work and go home and go back to bed!! However, I will say that the conversation between your two kids gave me a smile!! Hoping for you and me both to have a better day tomorrow!!

Supa Dupa Fresh said...

Sorry for suckage, but your kids are super-smart. I mean SUPER.

Kathryn said...

hugs and cyber chocolate for the miserable day & gratitude for the glimpse into the twins' conversations...xx

OTRgirl said...

Of course you would have children who discuss grammar for fun! That's a hilarious conversation. I love it.

As for the sucky day. Sigh. I'm in a slump, too. It's NO fun. Yet I whine when bored. I SO sympathize.

Mama Mama Quite Contrary said...

Sorry your day has been sucky. I hate those kinds of days... or weeks. On the upside, that conversation is pretty awesome. I look forward to that sort of thing with my twins.

Mary Ellen said...

Well, now you're in tomorrow - hope it is going much better! The super-smart twins are keepers (many, many tomorrows of gladness, there).

Christine said...

Sorry for the suck. But that is a super cute conversation. Egads. They rhyme!

susan said...

Here's hoping the suckitude passes--too bad friends lining up with good wishes can't change things pronto.

That conversation about phonemes is just too funny. I hope they manage to be so funny just when you need another smile.

Polly said...

I hope that your day improved.

Sandy said...

What great kids! "That is crazy!" I love it!

Soon, Then said...

We need to chat! I can guess the vagueness of the post...

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