Archive for October, 2008

It’s Just Nature

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Have you heard the story of the old man who kept trying to lean over and pass gas while seated on a sofa?  His caretaker kept thinking he was tipping over and would prop him back up with a pillow so he could sit up straight.  This went on for an entire day and when the old man’s daughter returned home and asked how his new caretaker did he explained she was nice and all, but she wouldn’t let him fart.

That story popped into my head this morning when I realized I was doing the same thing to my son that the caretaker was unknowingly doing to the old man.  She was getting in the way of nature and thinking she was doing him a favor.  My son’s issue isn’t with farting.  He pulls that off with ease.  When it comes to nature for him, he has a deep need to put himself in danger.  Simply put, my son likes to fall.  He likes to press the limits.  He has no problem stumbling and needing to pick himself up again.  Like the caretaker, I run around after my son while surrounding him with as many pillows as possible.  It’s created an interesting dynamic as we are both increasingly frustrated with one another.  I’m frustrated he can’t see I’m trying to keep him safe and he is frustrated I am replacing adventure with cushions and sterile environments.

It is clear to me we need a compromise.  I need to find a way to embrace his nature while making sure he comes out on the otherside unscathed.

Economy May Not Be So Bad

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

I took my daughter to the mall this evening to pick up a book.  I was amazed to see people were still buying ugly things.  Guess the economy isn’t as bad as I thought.

Paying With Cash

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

It is convenient to pay with my credit card when shopping.  Carrying cash is not something I’m used to doing anymore.  That is about to change, however.  I intend to cut way back on using plastic money.  Not because I’m worried about overspending.  We are in good shape and fortunately do not carry balances on our cards.  As difficult as times are for businesses right now, I refuse to saddle them with the credit card fees.  Credit card companies have been making money hand over fist and will continue to do so.  They are in the advantageous spot of being able to charge card users and retailers at the same time.  Well, I am doing what I can to shop at small businesses these days and when I do, I’m leaving the plastic at home.  It feels pretty patriotic, actually.