Thursday, May 31, 2007

Burning down the house . . .

This evening, your humble narrator did leave an empty kettle upon a burner, resulting in the fusing of the two. Fortunately, the situation was but temporary and said kettle was disattached from stove, leaving behind only a circle of red paint. My cat Gergiev was quite alarmed and has requested that such situation not occur in her house again.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Gourmet Fare

Yesterday, my cat Gergiev and I shared a stuffed cornish hen provided courtesy of Gergiev's beloved godmother. And that's truly the extent of the excitement in my life right now . . .

Saturday, May 12, 2007

How Much Training Does It Take To Raise A Child?

A Back-Seat Mother writes to Dear Prudence regarding her husband, an elementary education professor, and his mother, a child psychologist. Instead of consulting with his wife, the husband/father, himself an expert in children, consults with a professional, his child psychologist mother:

I feel like I haven't been given the opportunity to test out my maternal instincts or skills since our first child was born…they [husband/father and his mother] are more like colleagues consulting with each other….I know they may be experts when it comes to childhood issues, but shouldn't I be given the opportunity…even if I do mess up?

Dear Prudence responds as if professionals raising children is a problem. In this day of highly specialized fields professionals will of course do the raising of children. Instead of viewing this as a problem, the mother should be thankful that her daughter is so lucky as to have a professional for a father. Many children have to go to professional, but this child only need see her father. It is only logical that such an expert would consult another expert and not a layman like the mother. This mother needs to stop thinking of herself. Her husband and his mother received years of training before they could ruin a child’s life, and yet this mother wants to do it with no training at all.

If this mother turned to Catism she could become a follower of the Founder and Glorious Leader of Catism The Cat Gergiev, follow the example of others, without violating a cat's rights, and live a full life serving cats.


Friday, May 11, 2007

It really does exist . . .

While biking near the Expo Center/Fairgrounds in Sacramento this week, anonymous law student and I stumbled across a sign with arrows pointing to various locations and attractions. One arrow pointed to a most mysterious location called "Mad Science." Unfortunately, there was a barbed wire fence keeping us from pursuing Mad Science. I shall have to make up for this failure by visiting the human incarnation of Mad Science for some more pecan badminton.

P.S. Kudos to my cat Gergiev for finally participating in survey tag, however late it may be.