Some transcendent presence has exerted its power over our house.
Bingo III (or IV?) was looking ill the other night. I noticed in the midst of preparing dinner and hoped I could put off euthanasia until later. In my experience, a fish belly-up is a sure sign of a goner.
Then the boys began walloping each other and I forgot all about Bingo III.
Until the next morning, when Bingo III was upright and fairly energetic.
This is either proof of a modern day miracle or Bingo III was practicing the backstroke in honor of the Olympics. You make the call.
One Year Ago in My Tiny Kingdom: Writing You A Love Letter
Bill and I were a bit worried that the twins wouldn’t enjoy Cooperstown as much as Finn would. The main purpose of the trip was for Finn to play baseball, after all, and Porter and Drew were required to watch a couple of games a day. We hadn’t been there an hour before I realized I’d underestimated their ability to enjoy themselves regardless of the circumstances, although they did so in very different ways.
Drew idolized the big kids and wanted nothing more than to be part of their card games, particularly one called “Presidents.” The winner of each hand was the President for the next round, while the lowest two were designated “Dirt” and “Scum.” Drew achieved his goal and played joyously with the high-schoolers, and even got to be President a time or two.
He hung out with the high-schoolers in the stands, cheering, one smooth-faced midget sandwiched between the six foot tall whiskered teens. (Here, of course, I’m referring to the males; the females were also smooth-faced and delicate.) By the end of the week he was convinced that he was as hip as any fifteen-year-old.
Porter, of course, followed his own muse. He was frustrated by not being able to see the entire field from the stands, so he created a perch that solved that problem to everyone’s satisfaction, unless you were the person left without a chair.
During breaks between games, the boys found all manner of bugs and critters to play with. Their greatest coup was the discovery of a small bat, which was either hurt or asleep.
This finding was made on day three, when I was suffering from exhaustion and baseball overload. I’d also had so much quality time with the twins that the quality of our time together was rapidly diminishing. That could explain my thought process, to the extent there was one, when I told them they could play with the bat BUT NOT TOUCH IT, while I headed to the nearest bed and fell asleep. I didn’t dream of rabies or bat bites, either.
I awoke to find that they’d obeyed my instructions, although they had broadly interpreted my command. After they observed the bat, they concluded that if he was not dead, his demise was imminent. Porter slid a playing card under him which acted as a stretcher, and they deposited him into an empty cardboard box which they then filled with dirt and grass to imitate his natural habitat. Alternatively, it could serve as a coffin if he died.
Other parents were aghast that I had let them anywhere in the vicinity of the bat, but they didn’t need 76 minutes of sleep as desperately as I did. No one has foamed at the mouth yet, so I may be in the clear despite my less than hands-on mothering.
Porter also used my new camera a lot, and as usual, saw things his own way, just as he did when we were in Lisbon. He produced photos of our fans in action,
Sally the Moth, (another beloved, less menacing pet)
and Drew playing cards.
Truly, if he doesn’t decide to be a mama’s boy when he grows up, I think he should pursue photography. Although given the success of his amazingly high Baseball Chair, he may be an “inventor guy” after all.
One year ago in My Tiny Kingdom: Finn Chases A Dream
I was getting ready to whip up some Pork Lo Mein when I heard chirping coming from the sink. Upon investigation, I discovered Feathers perched there, apparently ready to help grate ginger. I believe Porter must have been in the kitchen when he was seized by the urge to skateboard, so he deposited Feathers on the kitchen sponge, used the Palmolive and the Fabuloso to hem her in, and dashed outside.
The weird part was not that I found a parakeet by my kitchen sink. It was that Feathers relished her sponge, and refused to climb onto my fingers, no matter how much I coaxed her.
It appears that the sponge massaged every part of her foot, and she needed a little stress relief.
That’s okay, Feathers. All ladies need a little toe rub every now and then.
One year ago in My Tiny Kingdom: Sardines & Songs- Off To Camp
I realized Porter and Feathers share a special ability to communicate when Porter just sensed that Feathers couldn’t reach the annoying itch right there in the small of her back. Thank God he had precisely the right the tool to help her out. No lady would want those nasty fingernails touching her fancy coat.
One year ago in My Tiny Kingdom: Marathon Mom’s Airport Adventure