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06:00 pm: Lawnmower Follies
I did a Very Stupid Thing.

Peter was mowing the lawn for the first time this season -- and so for the first time that Teddy remembered.

We've been spending as much time as we can outside since it's been getting warmer. I thought Teddy would enjoy watching Peter mow the lawn.

I was very stupid.

Of course Teddy doesn't want to watch anyone mow the lawn. He wants to mow the lawn himself. Or at least chase the lawnmower.

Stupid, stupid, stupid.

I tried to convince him that watching from inside the house was Just As Good, but Teddy let me know in No Uncertain Terms how very wrong I was. He cried. He stomped. He beat the floor with his wee little fists.

Then he put on his baseball hat ("see Mommy? I'm ready to go BYE BYE!"). He got his jacket ("ready Mommy?"). He got my shoes ("MOMMY!").

Then he dragged his snowsuit out and tried to put that on.

Then we went for a walk in the other direction, inspecting every ant, stick, manhole cover, car, driveway, and house on the way.

Current Location: Boston
Current Mood: exhaustedexasperated, but amused

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From:occhi_cinesi
Date:May 8th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)

Outside is great

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Sticks and ants and twigs and leaves and little blue marbly-rocks... should we make a video of it and watch it at the house.... how about still pics that we post all over the house so it *appears* that we're going on a walk... a walk around the house. Oops, hehehe, sorry?
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From:katehaney
Date:May 8th, 2006 03:01 pm (UTC)

nope, we definitely want the walks

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We dig the walks. Walks are good. And they're new enough that I even dig stopping every 2 steps to examine some new piece of landscape.

And it got him away from the lawnmower, which, while fascinating, ain't exactly safe.

It's just too funny to see him put on a hat... and a freakin' snowsuit, when it's 70 degrees out... HILARIOUS.
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From:bookbat1
Date:May 8th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
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hopefully he'll still like the lawnmower as much when you're trying to get *him* to mow the lawn.
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From:katehaney
Date:May 9th, 2006 12:21 pm (UTC)
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oooh... good point. Must strategize: keep him away to maintain its allure, or give him limited access to increase his knowledge?

what to do what to do.
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