Saturday, March 29, 2014

Her Blue Period

"Have you had some of mom's soup?  It's so good, I love this soup!" Little Girl said, as she helped herself to the bowl of vegetarian soup from the pot.  The bigger crock contained the soup with meat, the cast iron pot the vegetarian.

Yes, i'm one of those moms who cooks separate things for different kids.  It's okay, it's my own fault half of them are vegetarian.

"No, I like the soup, but it's not my favorite, I already had dinner.  I'll have some as a snack later.," Bigger Girl responded.

"What!  You have insulted the soup!  I hate you!" Little Girl teased.

"You hate me!  Do you not understand that the fact that I have been hated means that I have liv..."

"Wait, no, I don't hate anyone.  I dislike you for disliking the soup!" Little Girl interrupted.

"You have interrupted my soliloquy on how the fact that someone has hated me means that I have existed!  Okay, the fact that you have disliked me, and over soup at that, means..."

"Okay, I don't really dislike you, either, but how can anyone not like this awesome soup?" Little Girl interrupted again.

"Your interruptions of my soliloquies on how my existence is affirmed and justified by the fact that others have acknowledged my existence with their dislike and hatred have made me blue.  I will now go and finish my painting on my wall from my Blue Period.  It is my 'Blue Nude With a Red Blanket.' "  Bigger Girl and Little Girl both laughed, and Bigger Girl did leave to finish the painting on her wall.

Why the red blanket, i asked later.

"Because I can't paint feet!  I don't have time to paint feet," she said.  "I have to many other things to do, like go pick up my friends in an hour so we can go down to the abandoned pier and sit and eat chips and drink root beer and discuss life," was her answer.

You need to read the Chubby Chatterbox's blog post about how he learned to draw feet, i told her.

Until she does, here's her latest.

Blue Nude With a Red Blanket.

Today is:

Barthelemy Boganda Day -- Central African Republic

Borrowed Days begin -- old English/Scottish/Irish legends about how March borrowed the next 3 days from April; these are still seen as weather prognostication days based on several different legends

Day of Redress -- Fairy Calendar

Earth Hour -- 8:30pm-9:30pm, your local time; turn off your lights to take a stand against climate change

Hatsume Fair -- Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden, Delray Beach, FL, US (celebrating the culture and beauty of Japan; through tomorrow)

Knights of Columbus Founders Day

Martyrs' Day -- Madagascar

National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day

National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day -- as recognized by AICPA

Smoke and Mirrors Day -- some sites call it "Festival of Smoke and Mirrors Day," but appropriately no one knows who started it

St. Armogastes of Africa's Day (Patron of the poor and torture victims; against poverty and torture)

St. Gladys' and St. Gwynllyw's Day (the Welsh "Bonny and Clyde", who led a life of crime before their conversion)

USA Memory Championship -- New York, NY, US ("Mental Athletes" compete for the title of National Memory Champion, and the winner goes on to the World Memory Championships)

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day

Youth Day -- Taiwan

Yo-Yo & Skill Toys Convention -- Spinning Top and Yo-Yo Museum, Burlington, WI, US (19th annual, with exhibits, demos, contests, and fun; through tomorrow)

Anniversaries Today:

Harry Hamlin weds Lisa Rinna, 1997
Yeshiva College (now University) is chartered in New York, 1928

Birthdays Today:

Hideaki Takizawa, 1982
Jennifer Capriati, 1976
Lucy Lawless, 1968
Elle Macpherson, 1964
Christopher Lambert, 1957
Kurt Thomas, 1956
Earl Christian Campbell, 1955
Karen Ann Quinlan, 1954
Bud Cort, 1950
George Blaha, 1945
Eric Idle, 1943
John Major, 1943
John Joseph McLaughlin, 1927
Pearl Bailey, 1918
Sam Walton, 1918
Eugene Mccarthy, 1916
Philip Ahn, 1905
Denton True "Cy" Young, 1867
Isaac Mayer Wise, Rabbi and Founder of Reform Judaism, 1819
John Tyler, 1790
Carlo Buonaparte, father of Napoleon Bonaparte, 1746

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Woman of the Year"(Play), 1981
"The King and I"(Play), 1951
"Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows"(circus), 1919
"Mutt and Jeff"(Comic strip), 1908
"Jevgeni Onegin/Eugene Onegin"(Opera; Tchaikovsky Op. 24), 1879

Today in History:

The city of Salvador da Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, is founded, 1549
Treaty of Saint-Germain is signed, returning Quebec to French control after the English had seized it in 1629, 1632
Swedish colonists establish the first settlement in Delaware, 1638
Ludwig von Beethoven, age 24, debuts as a pianist in Vienna, 1795
Construction is authorized of the Great National Pike, better known as the Cumberland Road, becoming the first United States federal highway, 1806
Niagara Falls stops flowing for 30 hours due to an ice jam, 1848
The United Kingdom annexes the Punjab, 1849
Ohio makes it illegal for children under 18 & women to work more than 10 hours a day, 1852
Queen Victoria gives Royal Assent to the British North America Act which establishes the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867
Queen Victoria presides over the opening of Albert Hall in London, 1871
The Knights of Columbus are established, 1882
Dr. John Pemberton brews the first batch of Coca-Cola in his back yard, 1886
The North American Radio Broadcasting Agreement goes into effect at 03:00 local time, 1941
Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage, 1951
NASA's Mariner 10 becomes the first spaceprobe to fly by Mercury, 1974
The Canada Act 1982 (U.K.) receives the Royal Assent from Queen Elizabeth II, setting the stage for the Queen of Canada to proclaim the Constitution Act, 1982
Catherine Callbeck becomes premier of Prince Edward Island and the first woman to be elected in a general election as premier of a Canadian province, 1993
Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia join NATO as full members, 2004
The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants, 2004
Thirty-five countries and over 370 cities join Earth Hour for the first time, 2008
A transistor-like transcriptor is built out of DNA and RNA molecules by American bioengineers at Stanford University, 2013


  1. What a super painting. I hope she finds the time to learn how to paint feet!
    If it's Martyrs' Day in Madagascar can I borrow it for England as well. I'm feeling a bit martyred today!

  2. i just love your children! and what a GREAT painting!

  3. She did very well. I just love your kids. They rock and then some.

    Have a fabulous weekend. ☺

  4. Feet are definitely a challenge. Almost as much as hands. If I were your daughters art teacher I'd give this a pretty good grade.


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