Quick Update Number One: The root canal went great! I am pain-free and painkiller-free. I’m eating normally and all is well. I am shocked, shocked at how incredibly happy and bubbly and joyful I’ve been around here ever since. Um, sorry for the past four weeks, Turtlehead family. I’m thinking of having all the rest of my teeth done now.
Quick Update Number Two: I was at the WalMart in Kanata today and they still had four of those Princess Castles still for $50. (I know, I know – why do I even bother recycling, when I’m going to blow all that saving the world crap by shopping at WalMart? SIGH.) Anyway, they are way at the back with the seasonal toys, on the bottom shelf. Go get one. If I had any nieces younger than 18 years old, I’d be all over that.
New Business: So this weekend, Gal Smiley and Sir Monkeypants did a small project where they made a CD of all her favourite songs.
(We’ve talked books! We’ve talked movies! Now bring on the music!)
I never really think of the kids as having a taste in music, because after all, these are the children who can listen to the Lazytown soundtrack over and over and over in the van until I feel compelled to drive into a tree. But also, I think they haven’t developed their own sound because they have no control over what they hear. I get to pick what gets played in the van, and Sir Monkeypants or I pick the playlists for our occasional dance parties. I do put on kiddie CDs to please the crowd and I do take requests, but it’s not like they have free reign to just go over and pop in a CD (Good God, is that even a thing anymore? I am SUCH A DINOSAUR).
Anyway, one thing we do know is each kid’s favourite songs, so it was pretty easy for Sir Monkeypants to help Gal Smiley assemble her list for the new CD. I was pretty impressed to find that other than the odd sentimental favourite, she is developing a distinctive sound. She likes rock, lots of guitar and a bit of an alternative sound. She likes Teagan and Sara the best, and also The Killers and the Von Blondies and the Fratellis, and I’d name some other modern type musicians here but that is as far as my “current” musical knowledge goes.
Then Little Miss Sunshine decided she wanted a CD too, and hers is much more of a mishmash, including such infamous titles as Elmo’s Song and Do-Re-Mi from The Sound of Music (Movie List FOR THE WIN, spelled out for you dinosaurs like me). But as I played her certain songs I thought she might enjoy, she showed surprising confidence about what she did and didn’t like. It turns out she likes jangly kind of folky Canadian rock, like Great Big Sea and Spirit of the West and Blue Rodeo. I am so surprised, I had her pegged as a Hannah Montana fan from day one.
Now the Captain wants a CD too, and he wants the first track on his to be Block Rockin’ Beats by The Chemical Brothers, which Sir Monkeypants considers to be a personal triumph of parenting. Looks like we have a little electronica fiend on our hands.
All this with, I have to say, complete and total lack of encouragement on my part. I listen to total crap music and often inflict the worst sort of 70s and 80s soft rock on my poor children’s delicate ears. And I rarely just listen to music around the house, too, it’s all in the car, half-heard songs as we dash from place to place.
And yet, they’re finding their niches. They’re expressing themselves.
It’s like they are…their own people.
Not sure why this should surprise me so much, but it does. It’s a wonder to me that they are turning into little humans who think for themselves, who have their own likes and dislikes, who can express what they want and don’t want.
I love it. I love getting to know them. I can’t wait to learn more.