Monday, December 22, 2008

Santa Claus

I was thinking I would not tell Aidan about Santa Claus or least not emphasize it. How naive I was! The reason is that I remember feeling bad when I learned there was no Santa. I felt that I was lied to.

But Aidan seemed to pick it up out of the air and is totally into Santa. I have no idea how he learned so much. Daycare says they did not teach him either. Now I find myself repeating all the Santa Claus stuff I learned as a kid. Yesterday, I taught him to say "Ho, ho, ho," which he loves.

I guess I will leave the discovery of the truth about Santa phase to a later date.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Ice Storm and TV

We did like, in some ways, the lack of TV, Internet, and telephone (we had cell phones only) during the ice storm. So we are thinking of trying to cut back on TV. Aidan asked for TV every day but did quickly adapt to not having TV. It can be challenging when one is home alone with him and dinner needs to be made or other chores need to be done to accomplish this without TV. He is just not quite old enough to help with everything though that strategy does work well when it can be used. The difficulty is setting the limit. Is is by daily amount? Do we have no TV days? What about the adults? What are the limits for the adults? And how do we stick with a limit when special circumstances arise?

Monday, December 15, 2008

Ice Storm

Lots to write about with the loss of power for what looks like it will be a week. Really changes your life and outlook. However, I can't write much. I just ran into Northampton to check email. Here are some quick photos I put up of the storm.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


My mother's mother crossed over last week as did my father's last aunt. I still have one great aunt left but it does feel like a generation is gone. It is an interesting feeling and one people probably don't think about much until they reach around 50. There is still one generation between me and old age and death. I still feel like a kid in many ways when I know my parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents are around, no matter my age.

Monday, December 8, 2008

New Blog - Why?

I have decided to start my second blog. My first blog - Good Whippet - contains reflections on dog training. This blog will be of a more general nature, likely on politics, nature, religion, parents, and life in general. I hope you enjoy it.