It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Fun, wow!!

Just to show you that I do indeed take them outdoors! Even when it’s nine below zero – which, on a gloriously sunny day like today, actually felt quite nice, thanks!
And when I do take them outside, I know how to show them a good time, let me tell you! As Henry Fonda said in “On Golden Pond”, “What’s the point of having a midget around the place if you can’t put it to work?” (After which utterance his wife – Katherine Hepburn – walloped him, as I recall…)

What is it about small tots and shovelling? They absolutely can’t get enough of it! When does the thrill of it leave? Right about the time that they become anything near useful at it, that’s when…

November 26, 2005 - Posted by | outings


  1. My princesses always promise me when they go to bed that they’re going to get up early and help me shovel our driveway. Somehow the next morning, I always find myself out there on a solo cleanup effort. Funny how that works out, hey?

    Comment by Simon P. Chappell | November 26, 2005 | Reply

  2. Hey, I think we may need them here soon. It’s 63 degrees F (17.2 C for you)- downright frigid!

    Comment by Matthew | November 26, 2005 | Reply

  3. Seriously, 9 below 0 Celsius? Lord, I hope so. It’s still cold either way.

    We’re dropping down to almost freezing at night but days still in high 50’s a drop of 10 to 15 degrees in a week.

    Shoveling used to be fun for me as a child too. As soon as I got older though, I left the snow covered land of central New York, never to return.

    Comment by Granny | November 27, 2005 | Reply

  4. 63 degrees?

    you guys got it rough dontcha? *rollin my eyes*

    hells bells it’s single digits around here….

    i remember when my kids loved helping do anything. unloading the dishwasher was a blast, shoveling was THE best, folding laundry was helping mommy. Now? I might as well ask them for the moon cause that’s how they look at me–with that “do i have to mom” sort of look. *sigh* teenagers.

    Comment by kimmyk | November 27, 2005 | Reply

  5. Ah, an untapped resource just waiting to clear the streets. Best inform your civic leaders. 🙂

    Comment by chosha | November 27, 2005 | Reply

  6. Wonderful photos, Mary 🙂

    definitely ones for the Mary P DayCare Yearbook…


    Comment by craziequeen | November 27, 2005 | Reply

  7. You’ve become masterful at taking photos that don’t show the children’s faces and yet are interesting.

    I’m reminded of the old TV show, “Home Improvement”. You know: whenever the neighbour, Mr. Wilson, appeared, his face was always obstructed in some way.

    But the reference is probably wasted on you, Mary P. You haven’t watched TV since … actually, I’d better not say how long ago it was.

    Comment by Q | November 27, 2005 | Reply

  8. Simon: You’re getting up too early, that’s clear! I’m sure the princesses are disappointed each and every time…

    Matthew: Why is it every time you say something like that I feel compelled to defend this stupid climate?? Toddlers don’t have a monopoly on “contrary”, apparently.

    Granny: Actually, I do like shovelling. Our walk is one of the cleanest on the street – most everyone else waits for the sidewalk plow, which doesn’t do nearly as good a job as a shovel.

    Kimmyk: I love your picture!! As for kids and helping: right about the time they get any good at it, they lose the thrill. Not me, though: dishes and laundry are a thrill a minute, far as I’m concerned. Woo. Hoo.

    Chosa: Good thought! They’d have to rewrite some of those pesky child labour laws, but I’m sure we could come to some sort of arrangement.

    CQ: My parents are thrilled that Q bought himself this digital camera. Now they get pics emailed to them regularly! (I’m sure Q is beginning to wonder if I don’t owe him half the cost of the camera by now…)

    Q: Thanks. Kids are such easy subjects, though. Even clad in eight pounds of down, they’re cute.

    Home Improvement… A family sit-com… Tim whatsisface, his wife who got a psychology degree over the course of the show – which should have told her to take her two sons far, far away from her mysogynous mate and try to reprogram them, possibly with the help of the fellow who co-starred on her husband’s TV show, who always seemed the better choice to me. (SEE what I know???)

    ‘Course, that show probably hasn’t aired in ten or more years, which may be the last time I watched. My life is impoverished, I’m sure…

    Comment by Mary P. | November 27, 2005 | Reply

  9. All those bundled up kidlets just put me in the mood to watch A Christmas Story.

    Comment by Cheryl | November 27, 2005 | Reply

  10. All our white stuff has gone now…what little we had…I want more snow !!!

    Comment by Aginoth | November 28, 2005 | Reply

  11. They are so CUTE when they are using their powers for good and not evil!

    For just a split second I forgot to convert C’s to F’s and thought it was REALLY cold there…. We were in sweatshirts on Thursday…. the high today is going to be around 18F….. but no wind so it isn’t too bad…..

    Comment by Homestead | November 28, 2005 | Reply

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