Monday, March 5, 2012

Like Old Times

When sweet little boys turn into crazy teens, something happens. In the case of #2 Son, i often wonder where that nice little guy went.

Yes, i know he will be back, and i now have evidence (besides the fact that #1 Son did the same thing).

When #2 Son was a preteen, he was once invited on a sleepover at a camp with a bunch of boys. As i watched him pack, i told him to be sure to bring his toothbrush and deodorant. He responded by saying he wasn't going to bring either, as he wanted to "knock them over with my man stink!"

On Sunday morning, as i reminded the kids to get their uniform shirts into the laundry so they would be clean for Monday, i was rewarded with a shirt from Bigger Girl and Little Girl. Tracking down #2 Son, i told him to bring the shirt, and Young Jake, who had spent the night with #1 Son, said, "I think he might still be wearing it from Friday."

He was. Young Jake laughed for quite a while as i insisted he take it off and bring it right then.

The sweet but stinky little guy is still in there, and he will be back soon.

Today is:

Act Goofy Day -- started by someone who wanted to see how far the internet could spread goofiness

Arivee de l'Evangile -- French Polynesia (Gospel Day)

Casimir Pulaski Day -- Illinois, US (celebration of the Polish-American Revolutionary War Hero)

Crispus Attucks Day*

Custom Chief's Day -- Vanuatu

Discovery Day -- Guam (a/k/a Magellan Day)

Fun Facts About Names Day -- enjoy looking up such fun questions as, what is the name of the Monopoly dog, or do Ken and Barbie have last names

Global Marathon For, By, and About Women in Engineering and Technology -- Global "Town Meetings" to connect girls and women (through the 10th)

Hamilton Lavity Stoutt Holiday -- British Virgin Islands (in lieu of Mar. 7)

Labour Day -- Western Australia

National Absinthe Day

National Cheese Doodle Day

Ploiaphaesia: The Festival of Navigation a/k/a Navigium Isis -- Ancient Egyptian and Roman Calendars (Sailing Festival, honoring Isis as sea goddess)

St. Piran's Day (Patron of Cornwall)

Stop the Clocks Day -- another of those with-no-explanation web holidays that sounds like a good idea

Temperance Day -- North America's first Temperance Law was passed in Virginia this day in 1623

Wedding of the March Dryads -- Fairy Calendar

Women's Day Holiday -- Kiribati

Birthdays Today:

Jake Lloyd, 1989
Niki Taylor, 1975
Kevin Connolly, 1974
Eva Mendes, 1974
Andy Gibb, 1958
Michael Warren, 1946
Samantha Eggar, 1939
Dean Stockwell, 1936
James Noble, 1922
Rex Harrison, 1908
Zhou Enlai, 1898
Heitor Villa-Lobos, 1887
Howard Pyle, 1853
James Merrit Ives, 1824

Today in History:

Roman Emperor Julian moves from Antioch with an army of 90,000 to attack the Sassanid Empire, in a campaign which would bring about his own death, 363
Naser Khosrow begins the seven-year Middle Eastern journey which he will later describe in his book Safarnama, 1046
English king Henry VII hires John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) and his sons to explore unknown lands for England, 1496
Smoking tobacco is introduced in Europe by Francisco Fernandes, 1558
Copernicus' "de Revolutionibus" is placed on Catholic Forbidden index, 1616
Antonio de Ulloa, the first Spanish governor of Louisiana, arrives in New Orleans to take possession of the Louisiana territory from the French, 1766
*Boston Massacre: British troops kill 5 in a crowd, including a young boy and Crispus Attackus, the first black to die for American freedom, in an event that would contribute to the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War five years later, 1770
The Dutch city of Leeuwarden forbids Jews to go to synagogues on Sundays, 1820
Samuel Colt makes the first production-model revolver, the .34-caliber, 1836
George Westinghouse Jr patents the triple air brake for trains, 1872
Nikola Tesla, in Electrical World and Engineer, describes the process of the ball lightning formation, 1904
Winston Churchill uses the phrase "Iron Curtain" in his speech at Westminster College, Missouri, 1946
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty goes into effect after ratification by 43 nations, 1970
Soviet probes Venera 11, Venera 12 and the American solar satellite Helios II all are hit by "off the scale" gamma rays leading to the discovery of soft gamma repeaters, 1979
America's Voyager 1 spacecraft has its closest approach to Jupiter, 172,000 miles, 1979
The Soviet probe Venera 14 arrives at the planet Venus, 1982


  1. I smother my girl these days as I know the little girl will be retreating soon.
    TEMPORARILY I hope, too.

  2. Having kids sounds like such an emotional rollercoaster--have some absinthe and cheesedoodles and I'm sure you'll feel better!


  3. Son #2 will change his tune to minute he discovers girls.

  4. Miz, just think back on your own youth, and you will see how it does play out.

    Crabby, the little ones step on your toes, the big ones, your heart. But they are worth it, even without the cheesedoodles.

    Stephen, i'm certain of that!


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