This has been an emotionally intense week for most people. The world news this summer has been devastating, and now with stateside unrest and devastating deaths, we all feel just a little more wrung out right now. I can feel it at every turn.
Yesterday morning I asked the kids to go play in the other room because I needed to turn the news on. Years ago an aquaintance told me that she didn't allow her young child to watch or even listen to the radio news. At the time I thought that was a little over-the-top and questioned how her kid could move through the world without having a parent-explained understanding of current events. Now that I'm a mom of two little ones, I don't really let our kids watch most news. The 24-hour talk cycle is just too unfiltered for them right now.
But Pigtail, my very comprehending four-year-old, asked why I needed to turn on the news.
Me: Because the President is about to speak.
Pigtail: What's a President?
Oh. Oh, dear. It seems my aversion to all things American politics since the last election has led to my child being completely uneducated.
Me: The President is the head of the whole USA. The President is in charge of everyone.
Pigtail: Like God?
Me: No, not like God. We choose the President, we vote on different people and then the one with the most votes becomes the President, the one in charge.
Pigtail: The President is a person?
Me: Yes, the President is a person.
Pigtail: Is it a boy or a girl?
Me: It's a boy.
Pigtail: There are no girl ones?
Me: No, not yet.
Pigtail: Why not yet?
I finally just turn the tv on. As we wait for the President's address, the news station rolls footage from the protests and police action in Missouri.
Pigtail: That looks so dangerous. They're throwing fireworks in the road.
Me: Yes, it was very dangerous.
She wanders out of the room and later returns asking to play with my phone. Still distracted, I give it to her and she hits the button for Siri.
Pigtail to Siri: Where is California?
(Her favorite question to ask the phone, she loves it when the phone brings up a map.)
Thinking she's out of my earshot, she curls up on the couch with my little gadget.
Pigtail to Siri: Where does God live?
Siri: I am not equipped to answer that.
Some days I'm not either, kid.
This week on the HH facebook page, we talked about everything from The Artist's Way to convection ovens. We also voted on whether or not this Gap dress was frumpy or comfy cute (you say: frumpy, i say: comfy cute) and whether the Secret Posts should go out once a month or more often. (You & I both agree: wordy or not, once a month is just right.)
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There were so many good and important things written this week surrounding the death of Robin Williams and the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. I've been sharing some of those pieces in real time over on the HH facebook page, so I'm not double dipping here.
For your weekend reading pleasure:
- 13 Tips for Getting More Reading Done from Gretchen Rubin. It's my pet peeve when people tell me they just don't have time to read. Everyone has time to read, if you really wanna.
- This has made quite the rounds, but it's pretty interesting: I Liked Everything I Saw On Facebook for Two Days.
- I've been working on a post about how I do my Instagram photos, and so I especially liked seeing Amy from Mom Advice's version. She gives lots of good tips and apps in her post Take Better Phone Photos.
- 10 Ways to Fix the Mess That Is Kindergarten. A little bit of a misleading title, in my opinion, but worth the read anyway.
- The Bloggess always makes me laugh. Forgive them even if they're not sorry. That'll really piss them off.
Happy weekend, HH readers!