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Deferred No Longer
I wanted to be on the road right after rush hour was over. Three hours later, we're finally about to head out the door. But the wait was worth it, as we are now freshly freed of sand and dirt, thanks to another spell of supreme hospitality from danlmarmot and cpratt, and Skylar is well equipped for the waking portion of the ride home, with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs song "Maps" that she came to adore playing Rock Band and her third Calvin and Hobbes collection of the trip. It's the right age for multi-syllabic six-year-olds and tigers who are as real as you want them to be. And for Karen O, too, it would seem. Now if I can just get her to stop asking to hear different idiomatic constructions for the f-word which she learned yesterday, after nearly nine-and-a-half years of sheltered existence. "I'm so excited to finally know a real curse word, dad!" Luckily, Lou's was out of Pablo Honey, because she was keen on hearing the authentic version of "Creep," another song she came to admire on the X-Box. Well, it's time to stare at the white line for six-plus hours. See you tomorrow. Or maybe the next day, considering how tired I'll be after the trek.

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From: babyiwasshot Date: March 18th, 2008 06:31 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
and her third Calvin and Hobbes collection of the trip

Noooooo!! Don't do it!! Implement a policy of "tough love," pronto!

She's going to be ME if she keeps that up; I taught myself to read on those books--which may/may not explain my position in a liminal space between banal, sub-literate, masculine zombie (due to the images) and smart, articulate, literate effeminate....nerd? (due to the text).
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 18th, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'd be happy to have her turn out that way, actually. She's a girl, too, so the manifestation would be different. I'll tell you, those books have a lot of tough vocabulary words!
From: babyiwasshot Date: March 18th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'd be happy to have her turn out that way, actually

Honestly, had my youthful social environment been more conducive to good will/treatment by my peers, I'd actually be quite "normal" (i.e. everything I am now minus the diffidence, paranoia, performance, sexual insecurity, self-loathing, etc.).

Then again, the entire state is red (as in GOP, not CCCP) so she's still probably still a little vulnerable to being SHAMED. One thing's for certain (judging from my own experience): one's identity can become completely bifurcated when the social environment is radically different from the home environment. A kid's peers shape them as much as their parents, but the parents' influence may be what ultimately keeps them from PARTICIPATION in reckless behavior (though there are occasional slip-ups) or flat-out EMBRACING it as a lifestyle choice.

I'll tell you, those books have a lot of tough vocabulary words!

GASP! The secret, childhood source of my lexical gifts has been revealed.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 19th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Philosophical words, even.

Here's hoping you're right about parental influence. We try. Of course, she just learned the word "fuck" from a five-year-old, so there's only so much one can do to create a safe space.
From: babyiwasshot Date: March 19th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Some of the strip elucidate existential philosophy better than Sartre, I'd argue. It's odd, the manner in which the doctrines of each character correspond better to the name of the OPPOSITE character; Calvin is more Hobbesian and Hobbes is more Calvinist (from what I know of Calvinism, which is basically nothing). In any case, I identify with (and probably resemble, in my behavior) the "theologian" of the strip.

Don't make the environment TOO safe, or you'll get achild who's feral and foolish like myself, though I'd like to think I'm--slowly but surely--being domesticated. Why only recently I learned how Grice's maxims of conversational implicature are APPLIED.
flw From: flw Date: March 18th, 2008 06:35 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Of course her taste is excellent!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 18th, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I must admit to being impressed. If I could only get her to dig Nietzsche. . .
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