Monday, June 9, 2008

Tendow Howt

In preparing for my upcoming trip to Chicago to see Wicked, we have been listening to the Wicked soundtrack. A lot. And when we aren't listening to the soundtrack, we are singing, humming, whistling the tunes. Even when we are asleep. It's a bad, bad drug, I can't stop listening to it. I love the soundtrack which makes me all the more excited to see the show. My kids love it too. After hearing "Popular" once, Avee was prancing around the house chanting off-key, "Pop-you-low, pop-YOU-low" over and over.

Turns out Bo was secretly enchanted by the song as well and has at least half, if not more, of the song memorized. While he is singing along to a female part of a musical he maintains his masculinity by singing an entire octave lower than Galinda. I seriously can't get enough of listening to them.

I tried to splice, but it didn't go so well. But, whatever. Their cuteness is not compromised whatsoever. Just my techno-savvy-ness is.

I can't get the video to add properly, so I'm just posting this one for kicks. It's not the original one I spliced. Apparently I don't know how to splice. Whatever. I think that's a made up word anyway.

And another thing...

I have this thing about kids wearing their shoes on the "wrong" feet. I think it's perfectly okay. Often my kids will ask beforehand if their shoes are the right way and well tell them. Many other times, they throw their shoes on and don't care. My children love any kind of autonomy they are allowed. And putting on their shoes is something I love not having to do for them. Avee has been putting on her own shoes since she was about 16 months old. Mostly because she's obsessed with shoes.

Whenever someone tells me, as though I may not have noticed, "His shoes are on the wrong feet!" like I need to stop whatever I am doing and fix my son's shoes, I usually say, "Nope, those are his feet!" I want my kids to say that too, but they won't. They prefer to just stare blankly at people, sometimes throw in a lingering nose pick with the blank stare.

Well lately, Avee has been very into "dressing" herself. Usually she lets me dress her in a very cute outfit, carefully selected and coordinated, with matching hair clips. And then she'll throw a dowdy, tattered princess tutu thing over it and mismatched shoes. She goes to the Y like this. She went to the dentist like this. She goes everywhere like this, if she remembers to. So. The other day, I was taking my kids to the park and Avee, in all the excitement, forgot the tutu, but remembered the shoes. One is purple, the other is turquoise. Both are left shoes. J and I pointed out to here that they were not matching shoes and that since they were both left shoes, she might not be comfortable. She insisted, so we left the house with her wearing mismatched shoes. I didn't think of it again.

Until about 25 minutes after we got to the park. I coaxed Avee off of the swing onto some tubular bouncing thing. It was the last day of school here and there were a lot of school kids running around the park. One of them jumped up on the tubular bouncing thing with Avee. I was standing behind her, spotting her. The boy looked down at Avee's shoes and started sort of scoffing. I didn't think anything of it and Avee was oblivious. Then he tells her loudly, "Your shoes look funny, they aren't even the same!" In true Avee fashion, she giggles and says, "I know" as though the kid just said, "Your shoes are awesome, you are such a trendsetter, everyone wants to be like you!" Then he turns to me and says, "Why do her shoes look so dumb like that?" I fought the urge to roll my eyes and tell him to go find his mom, and I said, "That's just what she chooses to wear." He scoffed, "Well, she looks dumb." At that very moment, I glanced down at this 5-6 year old little boy's shoes. Bright pink Dora shoes. I just about fell over laughing. First in his face, and then right onto his pink Dora shoes.

Just kidding, I didn't really think the kid was rude. I just thought the irony was rich.

18 comments:

Cindy said...

I have been waiting a post from you. I got spoiled reading one a couple days in a row.

Way to go Avee! Tell that boy to mind his own shoes!! I didn't realize the shoes were bight pink. That makes it even better!

S said...

That is too funny. So wot you are saying is learning how to make fun of people comes before self awareness?

Millie said...

I do the same thing with my kids' shoes and clothes. It's a good thing we don't live anywhere near our parents.

Pink Dora shoes out in public, and that kid had the nerve to criticize Avery? Eye-roll, indeed. I admire your restraint.

Physcokity said...

Oh that's a good story! Probably would have burst into laughter at the mere sight!

Tori :) said...

As long as they have shoes on I am good. Sometimes I tell Taj that his shoes are on the wrong feet and he says "I know. I like them that way." Ok.

Cindy said...

I see two future Broadway stars!!

Good job Bo and Avee!

glittersmama said...

I liked how Avee joined in with Bo's choreography on the chorus. Think of me when you get to see Wicked. Especially when it comes to YOUR FACE!

Emily said...

HA! My little sister used to coh-wect our little cousin's speech impediments. "I tan't undo-stand a wohd she SAYS!"

Code Yellow Mom said...

Oh! Did Bo say "tumming" for "coming" when he was singing? That is so cute I want to gobble him right up.

That pic of Avee looking up toward the camera, shoes and tutu and all - priceless expression on her face. Autonomy rules.

And who lets their boy go out into the world in pink Dora shoes to call other kids dumb? Shoot. You actually did laugh, didn't you?

Code Yellow Mom said...

P.S. I also love, "I know." That girl...mmm, mmm, mmm.

Anonymous said...

Its about time she catches up with last years presents:0 S

glittersmama said...

I know. I like them too.

aubrey said...

hi nobody, glittersmama gave me your blog link so i could get to know you before the blog party in august. she highly recommended you, so here i am!

the wardrobe choice of your daughter made me laugh. my daughter is five and still continues to put odd combinations of clothing together complete with princess jewelry and funky hair clips. i love it. and max will walk around with his flip flops on the wrong feet, though i tell him they are on the wrong feet because he always trips when they're that way.

The Motherboard said...

I saw you somewhere explaining your blog title... it made me happy. Nobody calls me either... I guess I have too many imaginary friends! :>)

I love Wicked... I'm so jealous you get to go see it, AND in Chicago! We lived in the Midwest for years (hubbys from Normal IL.), and I miss it terribly. I will have to visit you often to get my Midwest fix!

Mamarazzi said...

is it bad that my fave part of the video was when you told Bo to stop bouncing and Avee decided to start...oh how i love that girl!!

i also love the way she responded to the "faship police" at the playground. seriously pink dora shoes?! wow...

Sarah Tilley said...

that's super cute, the musical theatre enthusiasm and the mismatched flip flops.

No Cool Story said...

"Your shoes are awesome, you are such a trendsetter, everyone wants to be like you!"

That's what he meant to say, had he had any sense at all.

No Cool Story said...

"Their cuteness is not compromised whatsoever."

That's all I cared about ;)
SUPAH cute video!