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Some would say I was a lost man in a lost world


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My Daughter, the Hindu

Shannon is such a trip. She's visiting for the weekend again. Her sister Jackie had graduation (and a dance, at thirteen (?!)) last night, and plans with her friends all weekend, so she's not here this weekend. Shannon is such a uniqueness. She's very bright, and terribly creative. She's also an INFP with a fantastically active imagination. Her inner world has always been populated with a vast multitude of critters, almost all of them fantastically strange but anthropomorphicly sapient and friendly. Talking to her used to be almost spooky, because she would mingle fantasy worlds and reality into her life and into her conversation at whim, as she went, although she's definitely growing to appreciate that the real world is the one most people live in and like to talk about. Heh heh.

One of her school friends is a vegetarian, so she has been flirting with the idea of vegetarianism herself now for the past couple of months. Amazing. You'd think a ten year old wouldn't have the stick-to-it-ive-ness to manage a feat like that, but she has. I certainly don't understand it. Damn it, humans evolved to be meat eaters! She didn't get that idea from me! I didn't claw my way to the top of the food chain to graze! At any rate, her mother is indulging this "experimentation" so I guess I can accommodate her as well. She really does appear to be taking it seriously. I just have to go to the store with her and make sure that we buy enough stuff from which she can get a good and healthy supply of protein. I hope she grows out of this fad.

She's always been such a softie. It's getting downright Hindu around her. This morning, she was going to take a shower and she went into the bathroom and found a spider in the tub. She called me in to see it. It was one of those long-legged boogers. Well, I commented and then took off my house shoe to dispatch the beasty and told her to get me a piece of toilet paper to get the remains out of the tub. Of course, when she heard of my nefarious intentions, she was having none of it. I pointed out that she couldn't shower with the thing in the tub because it would drown anyway. That's when she got an idea. She got a pair of five ounce Dixie cups and captured the thing and made me open the patio door for her so she could let it out into the back yard. She never ceases to amaze me. I am reminded of the opening for the movie Ruthless People, with Danny DiVito, Bette Midler, and Judge Reinhold, where the terminally nice Judge Reinhold character captures and releases a spider on his front porch instead of squashing it. Oh brother. Life with Shannon around is always interesting!

As soon as we finish getting ready, and having a bite to eat, we're going to go catch Shrek II. Children are so wonderful and mine are incredible. I miss them both sorely when they're gone.


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To borrow a rant from slashdot:

There's no such fucking word as "stick-to-it-ive-ness"! The word is "tenacity"! USE THE PROPER FUCKING WORD!!!

:-)

Invented vocabulary is fun though. How else do you think new words get added to the dictionary?

Anyhow, I would suggest "willpower" rather than "tenacity". Although they convey the same general denotation, "willpower" is more commonly used and thus has more connotative logic.

I was thinking more of perseverance, determination, and self-discipline. I will warn you though, I coin words all the time.

Fantasy has its time and place, as does reality.

One of her school friends is a vegetarian, so she has been flirting with the idea of vegetarianism herself now for the past couple of months. Amazing. You'd think a ten year old wouldn't have the stick-to-it-ive-ness to manage a feat like that, but she has. I certainly don't understand it. Damn it, humans evolved to be meat eaters! She didn't get that idea from me! I didn't claw my way to the top of the food chain to graze! At any rate, her mother is indulging this "experimentation" so I guess I can accommodate her as well. She really does appear to be taking it seriously. I just have to go to the store with her and make sure that we buy enough stuff from which she can get a good and healthy supply of protein. I hope she grows out of this fad.

You yourself didn't claw your way to the top of any food chain. I hope she's watching her nutrition to some extent, as it's apparently difficult to switch diet types. Watch the protein especially... I have a lot of peanut butter, cheese, ice cream, and other nuts. It may end up a fad for her or a lifestyle, but it's her choice either way.

Compassion is a good thing.

I hope you get to see them often.

Yes, compassion is a good thing

I found out that Shannon's only extends to "cute" spiders. She found a hairy-looking one on the wall later today, which she was quite happy to dispatch with a flyswatter.

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