Take pictures. Hang them on the fridge next to the spelling test.

Tonight, and, on average, three times a year, I make the pilgrimage to the school my husband teaches band at to see and hear their concerts. I don’t really know any of the kids in the band or the chorus, but my husband has been teaching at the same school for over 10 years, so it’s always fun to visit and see how the different groups perform.

These kids are really talented, and they’ve worked really hard to put out quality performances. The teachers have worked really hard with the students to teach them both proper performance technique and music skills (which, as an aside, has been shown to improve scores in the rest of their education). No, it’s not going to be a professional caliber performance by any means – they are kids, after all. They are showcasing all they have learned, all they know how, and quite possibly learning how to overcome stage fright, anxiety, peer pressure, and so on.

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Today, I fell in love

Today, I fell in love.

I fell in love with my 5 year old daughter.

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Now, let’s get one thing clear – I adore my daughter anyway. But today, we went out for a walk after dinner, just she and I, because her dad/my husband wasn’t home. And what is so amazing to me is that she has this ability to see the beauty in everything. We walked past a bunch of lilacs, and she announced how much she loves lilacs. We heard what we are pretty sure was some baby birds, and she was utterly amazed by that. We passed a mailbox that had a decoration on it, and she announced that it was the most beautiful decoration she’d ever seen.

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My daughter is priceless. She has her own style, and is self confidant in a way I could never comprehend. She’s 5 going on 17, with all the sass of a 23 year old. She is self assured, and doesn’t care what the world thinks of her. If I could have just a fraction of the confidence she has, I would be set.

And she’s so smart! Man, is she smart. We all want to think our kids are geniuses, but sometimes I’m pretty sure mine could be. She’s so damn smart it scares me. I know I won’t be able to keep up with her, intellectually, if she keeps going at this rate. She is a little sponge – soaking up the world around her – words, science, math, spelling, cooking, computers… everything is fresh, and new, and exciting.

Sometimes, my love for my daughter moves me to tears. The sheer joy of knowing that I get to be her mom is almost too overwhelming to bear. It is true, what people say, about never loving anyone as much as you love your child(ren). The enormity of what I feel is more than I could ever say.

My words are not eloquent by any means. But they are from my heart. And maybe someday she’ll read this, and think, “Man, did my mom love me, or what??” And she won’t even understand a fraction of the love, the amazement, and the pride I feel for her.

I love you, my little munchkin.

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Pucca: Seriously a kids show?

I just had the “pleasure” of watching a 7 minute episode of the show Pucca with Kender this morning. WTF is that show even about??

After some research, apparently it is owned by Disney. It started as a South Korean media franchise – it began in 2000 as an animated greeting card company, and began airing as a TV show in the United States in 2007 (I think…)

Okay, so the episode that Kender and I watched today probably had a story line, but but I’m not entirely sure what it was. There was this ninja guy thing that was doing all this wild jumping and spinning around and stuff, and one of his moves ripped off all of his clothes, and he landed on the ground completely naked, with a censor bar covering his… ahem…

So, try explaining THAT to a 4 year old.

Typically John and I don’t mind letting Kender watch shows that are geared a little bit older than her (within reason – she’s a smart kid), and this show is only geared towards ages 6-11.  But instead, the show gears towards a girl, Pucca, who is in love with obsessed with a boy named Garu. Episodes are spent with her trying to demonstrate her love, and him running away from stalker girl.

The animation should come with a warning for people with epilepsy, too, because it’s so bright and flashy, and moves in such a way that almost makes me motion sick.

I located a video of it on youtube, and embedded it here for you so you can make a judgement. However, I am not really sure what to think about it. I just don’t get it, but I definitely do not think it is appropriate for kids. As a note, this episode must have been edited later to have the character wearing blue underwear when his clothes came off. The one that Kender watched showed his naked behind and a censor bar in the front.

I don’t really even know why I’m sharing this, and why I dislike this show so much. I guess it’s because I see the potential for what could be there – it could be a cute little show or whatever, but it just… isn’t.

When I told Paladin about this episode, and what happens in it, he said, “So, kind of like something from South Park?” And my response was to pause and say, “Yes, pretty much, yeah!”  I felt that to be a fair description of what I’d just watched.

So, Kender is officially not allowed to watch Pucca anymore, at least until she is much, much older. I think she even knew it too, because after the episode was over, and I told her to find something else to watch, she did, and she didn’t even argue.

Feel free to share your thoughts on this show, but these are just my brief musings on it.