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Last night was Carolyn's x-treeeem biking night, so I got home early to watch the kidz. After a rather painless session of getting them to clean around the house, we all watched "The Day the Earth Stood Still". That is a great early 50's SF flick that holds up well, even if the federation that the aliens represent is freakishly paranoid and authoritarian. I should watch more with the boys. In addition to the expected benefits, they could also use some gentle reinforcement of good movie watching habits. Not that I have anything against amusing commentary (when watching at home), but they seem to also just verbalize whatever it is they are thinking as they watch it ("Yep. He went in there." "Why is he doing that?"). I guess that could be considered both cute and natural in a child (which is why I am pleasant and explanatory in discouraging it), but somehow I have a feeling they won't be children forever. :-P

Last week I also watched "Harvey" with my daughter. She is always up for some old movie or book that I want to see again, and it is more fun to re-experience them with someone new, so that's great for me, too. I'm obviously not focusing on Great Works or anything, just things I liked... things I've enjoyed having sitting around in my brain over the years.

Because of the quick cleaning job, there was even time afterwards to let the boys play more Age of Mythology... I've finally got them playing it at the "hard" setting, too, so maybe it will actually be a more useful challenge. Anyway, having a cleaner house always puts me in a better mood. ;-)

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trancendenz
Sep. 22nd, 2004 06:01 am (UTC)
Yeah I hate in the movie theater when those questions are audible to everyone lol. But kids are cute lol
noisyparker
Sep. 22nd, 2004 10:22 am (UTC)
Yeah, movie theaters are tough at this age, especially since sometimes they really need to know something to figure out what is going on. Since we homeschool, though, I can usually take a day off to do a weekday matinee showing, when it is nice and empty. I also try to teach them not to use a "stage whisper", but that's tough for a kid. ;-)

They can be cute. I'll admit that I'm too 'test conscious' to take their precious antics at face value, most times. I keep thinking about how they'll look when the test is graded. ;-) They really are good kids, though. They also get along well with each other, too, and that makes me hope they'll have each other to depend on when they are adults.

Sometimes it is a drag to see some of yourself in them, when it is something you don't like about yourself. Especially when it is stuff that I don't have a good strategy for dealing with even now. Not much you can do about it, I guess... it's like, "heh heh... sorry you had to get that, kid. Good luck with it, though!"

OTOH, they seem to be happy kids and still like to spend time with me, so I mustn't be too annoying... a weird mix of laid-back and firm, I guess. I hope I live long enough to see what they'll have to say about me when they are 'all growed up'. Not that I assume I will like it... I just can't help being curious.

lol... you made a nice light comment and I replied with all this. Ah well. It's fun to think about it!
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