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We are all stars

March 26, 2009

“Mama, why didn’t you feed me 210 pieces of sun?” We are at the gas station. This question comes mere moments after her astute observation that I washed all the bird poop off her window. “Because you are my daughter,” I said. “You are a real girl and not a star, and I know you [...]

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"not old enough"

March 6, 2009

Rio: That’s STUPID! Rio’s friend: You are not old enough to say ‘stupid’. ‘Stupid’ is a bad word. Rio: STUPID STUPID STUPID Rio’s friend: Stop! You’re not OLD ENOUGH! At this point I step in with a reminder to Rio about using polite words and an admonition to her friend not to be bossy.”You are [...]

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today on the Rio show

August 16, 2008

We’re at the library reading a lot of otters, in which a lot of otters find some fallen stars and play with them. At one point they taste the stars. “Have you ever tasted a star, Rio?” “Yes.” “What do they taste like?” “Stars.”

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July 6, 2008

We’ve been observing a lot of changes in Serena lately. She’s walking, she’s talking, she’s eating with utensils and playing with toys and expressing intentions. Rio has heard me say many times that Serena is not a baby anymore, that she’s a toddler or a kid, and that she’s growing very fast. I suspect that [...]

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June 13, 2008

We picked the first strawberries from the garden today, which resulted in this conversation: “Mama! I ate all the strawberries!” “I thought you were saving them to share with your family?” “Well, yes. But I was so excited, and I didn’t have any room in my tummy to not eat them.” “You did not have [...]

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lawyer is not a nice word

March 13, 2008

Driving home from preschool today, Rio and I fight about whether or not she can ride in the booster seat. I tell her that we’ll talk to her doctor at her fourth birthday, but that right now she is not big enough to safely ride in a booster. Rio: “It’s safer than my car seat [...]

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Learning to read

November 10, 2007

I keep forgetting to post this bit from the beginning of September, right after preschool started for Rio. ‘s post about reading just reminded me. She was sitting at the counter, when she suddenly and with fierce enthusiasm yelled, “Mom! Look! There’s an ‘A’!!” Pointing at the picture of an apple with the word apple [...]

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More cleverness from Rio

September 7, 2007

There is a sick/injured duck at our duck pond. All the other ducks have gone on to ponds that are not so choked with algae the water resembles green paint, but this duck has stayed all alone. It looks to me like her tail is broken. Some of you may remember our heroic rescue of [...]

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Anatomy and Physiology, from Prof. Rio

September 7, 2007

Over dinner, at the sushi restaurant she demanded to be taken to after a long day of babysitting (and yes, i did recover quickly from that breast infection or we would not have been out at all). Rio: I don’t want these bones in my body anymore. Me: What? Rio: I don’t want these bones [...]

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Pants problems I never thought we’d have…

August 28, 2007

Walking down the hill toward the main beach at Walden Pond, with Rio, Serena and . Rio is a few steps ahead of us. There is no lead in to this conversation; what could possibly lead one to say… Rio: Mama, did you know dinosaurs were pulling my pants down? Me: no. Rio: yes. They [...]

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