It’s Not All Mary Poppins

It’s Tough to be the Centre of the Universe

Little Zach is thrilled by a new toy he has discovered.


he declares, trembling with excitement. My ears ring in less than excited response.

“Yes, that’s a new horse. Please don’t shout in the house, sweetie.”

Arthur’s face appears round the corner, eyes narrowed with indignation,

“I’m not shouting!”

October 4, 2005 Posted by | Developmental stuff, individuality, the things they say! | 6 Comments

Name that Leaf

Do you know what kind of leaf this is?

If you said “Maple”, you are correct, of course, but you may be surprised to know that not what they’re called around here. For any child under the age of five and north of the 49th parallel, this is, ever and always, a


October 4, 2005 Posted by | Ottawa, the things they say! | 12 Comments