End of March (!) Quotes

Charlotte is pretending she is a dog who just had puppies. Their names? Pinkie, Brownie, and Latke.

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The girls watching “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” Charlotte: “MOM! Harry saved Ginny from the snake and he killed FIDDLE.”

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Evelyn wanted to wear a (dress up) sari to the Hindu temple her class is visiting on a field trip today. Me: “No, you may not do that. It’s like wearing a costume to visit someone’s place of worship.” Ev: “But why not? Why is that bad?” Me, spluttering: “Let me think of a comparison… no, that’s not necessary. You just can’t do it. Even if you don’t understand.”

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Just shared some of a fiction manuscript I am proofreading. James: “This is like something that was written and then I hit ‘Google translate’.”

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I am two rooms away from the kitchen, where Charlotte is unloading the dishwasher. In a robotic voice, she says, “SHARP-KNIFE, ALERT.”

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Proud parenting moment. End of the day. Girls scampering around and asking for various things (“PLLLLEASE?! Can you tell us who Harry Potter marries at the end?” “I need a drink”). Me, yelling: “Get in your beds! The next person who gets out of bed owes me $5.” Ev: “What if we have to go potty?” Me, roaring: “Hold it.”

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Evelyn, packing her lunch on Monday morning: “I call these last few hours the last rays of the weekend.”

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Charlotte, in the car: “They called him Mike sometimes.” Me: “Who? Michael Jackson?” Charlotte: “Yeah.” Me: “No, but sometime he was called MJ.” Charlotte: “Yeah. That’s short for Michael Jackson.”

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Nearly every time we pass UD’s President Harker’s house in the car and I point it out, “Look, there’s the president’s house,” one of the kids asks, all surprised, “OBAMA lives there?!?!”

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Evelyn: “[My music teacher] says she’s Norwegian.” Me: “Yes, that’s where her family is from. She is beautiful, isn’t she?” Ev nods. Me: “She has such a pretty smile and nice hair.” Evelyn: “Yeah. And she’s really good at playing piano.”

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I played 15 minutes of Mario Brothers Wii today with Charlotte. Me: “I’m sorry, sweetie. I’m not playing this very well. You’d be better off playing with Daddy or Evelyn.” Charlotte, patting my leg: “I’ll never have another partner like you, Mommy.”

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Evelyn visited an Eastern Orthodox Christian church today. Her favorite things? “The icons, and the stained glass. There were sacred scenes of special moments.”

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First thing Char said to me this morning. “Mommy, you make the very best cookies in the whole wide world.” This would be quite sweet, if I had made cookies in the last week or so. As it stood, I’m pretty sure it was a 5 year old’s attempt at manipulating the cook.

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I was in the living room playing with Cal, laptop with Pandora on playing in the kitchen. Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” comes on, Cal immediately grabs a duck, runs into the kitchen, and starts dancing.

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