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Gun Show

Last week, I watched Will The Smaller Child Nephew put together a train track.  Will is two, and, of course, a genius.  He was most recently seen looking at a fall display over his mother's shoulder at the grocery store, announcing "Onetwothreefourfive pumpkins!"  Yesterday he set the table for the entire family.  In other words, he is way way ahead of his aunt in the... everything department.

As I lay next to him on the carpet, he fitted two little track parts against one another.  "Good job, Will," he congratulated himself as they snapped together.

Man, there's a lot to learn from there.  I don't congratulate myself over anything, because if it's not a total and complete eff-up, it's the bare minimum.  Meat loaf not done after an hour at 350?  Eh, a little raw meat in the center won't hurt me.

I did a video workout the other day which issued the invitation.  "Every time you complete the bicep curl," the host yelled, "I want you to kiss your bicep!"

Good job, bicep.

lactic acid at:  mbe@drinktothelasses.com

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Uhhh... Gun Show? Now I've really got a problem with the Matrix!

October 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTim Hunter

So, I read this earlier and got to thinking about it all day. I always make it a point to praise anything the kids do. Then I thought that we didn't get praised for every little thing when we were little. (Don't get me wrong we got praise when praise was due.) I praise Emily everytime she writes her name, she's been doing it for almost 8 months now. I think that as a society we focus so much on self esteem that sometimes when praise it really due it doesn't make a huge impact as kids are so used to hearing it. Not that I'll praise the kids any less but perhaps make less of a fuss over the things they should be doing anyway.

Also, I praise myself after a good trip to the gym. I usually come home and eat ice cream or some other treat that I shouldn't. I would never kiss my bicep in public though.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKell Belle

are you in town this weekend?

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

You got a good point, Kell Belle.

We're so worried that we could end up traumatizing the little kids for not congratulate them on every single effort they make, that we end up awarding mediocrity.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

Carrie... no, I was home over Columbus weekend, but I won't be back until Christmas :(

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMB

[...] Hammy Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 by MB Because I’m so focused on the major issues facing this nation, it’s Totally Out of Context Sports Quote Week here on Blonde Champagne.  And today we turn to Mr. Kiss Your Bicep: [...]

October 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHammy « Blonde Champagne
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