Tuesday, December 12, 2006
We now interrupt this discussion of aesthetics and superfluity
Enough high seriousness, we need a schmaltz break. How about a mawkish anecdote involving children?
This morning as I dressed, Kid #2 declared "It's a Purple Day" (for Kid #2, it is sometimes a Purple Day, but typically it is a Pink Day). I own precisely one purple shirt. I am wearing it in her honor.
Need some more? It is the time of the year for surfeiting on sweets, after all.
As we drove to her school this morning, Kid #2 (AKA "The Little Drama Queen") languidly declared, "I'm too tired to play in the sandbox." She glanced out the window with studied ennui, then continued "I am tired of the world."
Posted by Jeffrey Cohen at 10:22 AM
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I wholly support your daughter's decision to make today a purple day. I own a purple shirt and tie, and from time to time I too have purple days.
Mawkish, smakish. I love kid anecdotes. It's 70% of the reason I read Bitch PhD.
Here's your bonus anecdote, then: both kids have been dancing spasmodically to "Girlfriend Is Better" by Talking Heads. Kid #1 plays air electric organ. Kid #2 wears a red tutu. Both love the line "Stop making sense."
Cute. Happy Holidays to you and the rest of the GW cast of characters.
As a side note (and having nothing to do with cute children of professors anecdotes), I terrified my husband by singing "Yellow Submarine" in Middle English. Scary, eh?
I was google-ing the Fradenburg/Patterson debate re. Freudian criticism which directed me to your blog ("Can Medieval Studies Still Learn from Freud"). Then I read the kid anecdotes and was hooked (consider yourself bookmarked). I am currently in the middle of writing a couple of papers for school, and really needed a moment of serendipity, so thanks. Now back to the sandbox...
Lindsay: impressive! I didn't even know there was a Middle English word for "submarine," but then again Chaucer must have conducted his super secret diplomatic missions to Italy and Spain using spy transport ... so whjy not a submarine? Though I doubt he'd be in a yellow one.
Little known fact: The Midddle English word for "submarine" was first spoken by the Earl of Sandwich, A/K/A Lord Jarod.
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