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My "I" and "It" Girl
While Kim worked on her grant deadlines this afternoon, Skylar and I made a return visit to Legoland expressly to ride the roller coasters. The lines were shorter than yesterday, but still long enough that we barely got all three in during our two-hour stay. The rides themselves were fun. I especially like the Technic "wild mouse" coaster. But hanging out with the Bean was the real treat. She's such a wonderful travel companion these days. The two of us went to Legoland last June so Kim could have some alone time. She was already a blast back then. But now she's so much easier to be with. She gets over disappointments with far less fuss than before. She has a lot more stamina for walking -- and sometimes running -- around. And the fact that she wants to read everything she sees makes the time pass faster than before.

We had some great conversations today. By the time we were waiting for our third and final coaster, the mellow Coastasaurus, we were having an intense exchange about horror movies, in which we covered everything from the concept of genre to the thin line between monster and madman. I told her I prefer abstract horror, explaining the Big Wheel scenes in The Shining. She confessed to still wanting to wear the mask from Scream for a Halloween costume. We debated whether Dracula should be classified as a creature feature or not. And, needless to stay, we spent considerable time pondering The Never-Ending Story and its Creature of Darkness, which has been the receptacle for all her fears since she first saw the film at age three.

Later, as we drove to pick up Kim in New Silver, I reframed our earlier discussion in psychoanalytic terms, holding up the current issue of Newsweek, which has Sigmund Freud on the cover. I explained the relationship between the "I" and the "it" that animates his theory, noting that the translation of Freud's German terms into Latin -- "ego" and "id" -- in the English-speaking world has gone a long way towards undermining the clarity of his concepts. Skylar said she understood. "So, dad, the 'I' is an archist and the 'it' is an anarchist, right?" I told her that was a great way of thinking about the terms. As we were driving up to the market in Cardif by the Sea, she was formulating her own theory of the psyche. "The trick is to get the 'I' and the 'it' to work together for goals they share. Like when my friend comes over to help me complete a picture. We get more done working together than we could working apart." To quote Kim, "I love my kid."

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slanderous From: slanderous Date: March 28th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Your kid is almost impossibly sharp!!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 28th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
She is. It was weird how, even when she was a tiny baby, I had the distinct impression that I was spending time with a superior intelligence. Now I know that I was!
frostedfuckhead From: frostedfuckhead Date: March 28th, 2006 03:25 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
that is an impressive level of conversation. congrats on having a wonderful kid.

must be the genes, eh?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 28th, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Her mother's, at least. I sure wasn't thinking at that level at her age. But I had less stimulus of the theoretical sort, too. When she was two she could identify Foucault on sight.
frostedfuckhead From: frostedfuckhead Date: March 29th, 2006 01:58 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i was odd in a number of ways, but definitely could not identify Foucault on sight, hahaha.
From: ex_benlinus Date: March 28th, 2006 03:55 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I was telling Lisa the other day that I really wanna get prints of those paintings that Scatman had hanging above his TV - the naked chicks with the bigass afros. They would brighten up our bedroom.
fermi_daza From: fermi_daza Date: March 28th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Instead of analyzing horror movies, my kids are watching Pee Wee's Big Adventure!

You've got yourself a pretty smart girl there! Good going!
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: March 28th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I knew I loved that kid! Amazing.

Lovely to see you passing in the LA night, as always. Hooray for late-night coffee. And Hollywood in that pricelessly deep 70s color.

Hope the rain doesn't dampen the camping too much. Ah how I remember the family trips of four people crammed in an almost-leaking tent with a wet dog...
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