Archive | April, 2011

Fear of Failure

So Ben has this ear infection. It came to our attention as something that couldn’t be ignored when he woke up screaming early on Friday morning. Dom tried for more than an hour to calm him down. He’d fall asleep on Dom’s shoulder but when Dom tried to put him back into his bed, he’d […]

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Sophie “reads” her prayer book

I just love the monologues Sophie delivers when she’s “reading” her prayers. Here’s my attempt to transcribe parts of one this morning. I sort of get a phrase, drop a phrase as she mumbles, and then catch the next phrase, so this isn’t a coherent stream so much as fragments pieced together with gaps in […]

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The Brothers Karamazov

So I did it! I read the entire Brothers Karamazov this Lent. All 736 pages of it. I finished on Good Friday. Just in time. I’ve got a great sense of accomplishment because I’ve tried to read it a few times and have given up. This time I just vowed that I wold do it. […]

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Easter Sunday

So we made it to the vigil last night. All of us. At about 4pm Dom began to have second thoughts again. (Maybe that makes them third or fourth or fifth thoughts?) “We still have to give them bath and eat dinner and everything. I’m not sure this is going to work.” Well it did […]

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He is Risen! Alleluia!

Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing choirs of angels! Exult, all creation around God’s throne! Jesus Christ, our King is risen! Sound the trumpet of salvation! Rejoice, O earth, in shining splendor, radiant in the brightness of your King! Christ has conquered! Glory fills you! Darkness vanishes for ever! Rejoice, O Mother Church! Exult in glory! The […]

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Good Friday

. . . a few scattered thoughts. . . Poor Ben has an ear infection—his own little participation in the passion. Dom and Tree both got to watch for some time last night as they comforted my poor unhappy boy in his midnight agony—I’d have got up with him but I was nursing Anthony. He […]

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My, What Big Teeth You Have!

I’ve noticed something new in Bella’s imaginary play in the past week: bad guys and conflict and death. It began when my dad was teasing at the girls while he was doing some work in the bathroom. I’d just told them the story of the three little pigs the night before and dad was pretending […]

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Revisiting Lent and Easter Books

In the comments to my Palm Sunday post, Kathy asked about Lent and Easter books. I must confess that with Anthony’s arrival shortly before Ash Wednesday I haven’t been so good at doing Easter preparation this year. We’ve really only looked through two books, the Fiona French and the Brian Wildsmith versions of the Easter […]

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Palm Sunday Snippets

Hosanna to you, Son of David, King of the ages, hosanna to you, victor over death and the powers of darkness. Bella woke up today in a beaming mood: “It’s Palm Sunday!!!” (She woke up beaming yesterday too, according to my sister you’d almost have thought it was Christmas from how excited Bella was over […]

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French Princesses Don’t Dance?

Sophie: “My mom taught me how to be a princess.” Me, surprised to hear it: “Oh? How is that?” Sophie: “You put on a white veil and a pretty dress then you eat your food.” Me, curious: “And what do princesses do?” Sophie: “They dance. But this princess doesn’t dance. She’s speaking French.”

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