Nothing Gold

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay. -Robert Frost

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Location: Arlington, Virginia, United States

I am a white American middle class suburban housewife trying desperately to tell herself that that is not who she is. One time I was a glowing young ruffian. Oh my God it was a million years ago.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Placebo for sale?

Last night Levi woke up saying his knee hurt. He can be a little dramatic when it comes to pain and he thrashed around and moaned and couldn't go back to sleep. Schuyler rubbed his leg and tried to get him to relax, but he was having a lot of trouble going back to sleep. Then we gave him some Tylenol and he fell asleep within 2 minutes. Way sooner than the Tylenol could have begun to work. So I'm wondering, can you buy sugar pills? Some kind of safe placebo to give your kids? It seems like that would come in handy. I guess I should go find out if the internet knows.

Edit: okay after doing a bit of research on the subject I am forced to conclude that I am a terrible mother for considering it. I would be teaching my child that he should always take a pill for every minor ailment and also that he can't trust me to tell him the truth. Whoops.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

A Story that Probably has a Moral

Once upon a time there was a baby girl that wanted to stay up all night and party. She went to bed with Mommy and Daddy at around 10. Daddy went right to sleep, like usual. Usually Baby snuggles and nurses and goes to sleep with Mommy shortly after. That night she nursed and snuggled and played and nursed and snuggled and played and would not go to sleep. At around 12:30 Daddy woke up and noticed that Mommy's head was about to explode. He picked up Baby and went in the next room. Mommy went right to sleep. After about 45 minutes Mommy woke up and went to grab Baby and tell Daddy to go back to sleep. Baby finally went to sleep too. In the morning Daddy told Mommy to stay in bed and he got the older child ready for school and waited for the carpool and was late to work. The moral of this story might be 'Don't have babies'. But I think it's 'Sleep is the very best possible gift you can give' or 'Daddy is awesome'.