It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Entertainment Doesn’t Come Cheap Around Here…

On a bleak and drippy Monday morning, the children yearn to be outside. In truth, Mary yearns for the children to be outside, too. All that boundless energy severely bound by the four walls of this small home.

But what is it that so rivets them all? In the grey, drizzly, chill April Monday, what captures their attention?

Alas, it is our poor car, which, it turns out, dislikes the wet as much as I. More, in fact, for whereas I will force myself out of my warm bed despite the dreariness of the day, the car will not.

Ah well. Fifteen minutes of silence, as they stood welded to my front window is worth quite a bit. Though not, perhaps quite so much as all that.

April 25, 2006 - Posted by | commemoration, random and odd


  1. Oh no! Poor car! Poor Mary P. stuck at home! Hope either the weather or the car or both improve soon!

    Comment by stefanierj | April 25, 2006 | Reply

  2. Sorry about the car!! That’s awful! And you can’t really take the kids out for a walk when the weather is so cruddy, either. I am happy for the 15 minutes of silence you got, though. That is very nice.

    Comment by Kristen | April 25, 2006 | Reply

  3. They look so cute all lined up at the window. My boys race to the window whenever they hear the sound of a big motor. “Delivery Truck!” “Garbage Truck!” “Mail Truck!” God bless big trucks. What a treat, for the kiddos not so much for you since it was your car, to get to see the tow truck in action.

    BTW I have been using “hands are for hugging” with some very adorable results.

    Comment by Liz | April 25, 2006 | Reply

  4. N. told me one of the best days she had with the kids was when the guy from Sears came to install the dishwasher (she was 5 mos preggo at the time and they were wearin’ her out!). My girl, especially, stood in rapt attentin for 45 minutes!

    Comment by mo-wo | April 25, 2006 | Reply

  5. Gotta love things that are out of the ordinary to distract little ones. Mine has a love/hate relationship with the garbage truck. He’s never sure when it will come, but when it does, he’s glued to the window. The rest of the day I hear an excited, “darba tuck, darba tuck!”

    Comment by Mamacita Tina | April 25, 2006 | Reply

  6. Love all thier lil bodies in the window.

    Sorry to hear bout your car…that’s a bummer.

    Comment by kimmyk | April 25, 2006 | Reply

  7. Trucks are cool.

    Comment by Peter | April 25, 2006 | Reply

  8. Sorry to hear about your car! I hope it’s not a pricey fix.

    Comment by Lady M | April 26, 2006 | Reply

  9. stefanierj: It’s clear today! It’s also -1 (30F) out there right now. Gah!

    Kristen: Aha! The mother of an incessant talker knows the value of fifteen minutes of silence. LOL

    Liz: Today is garbage day on our street, so we have that to look forward to! Yup, God bless big trucks! Glad the “hands are for hugging” is working for you – are there pictures yet?? (Loved the ponytails the other day.)

    mo-wo: Forty-five minutes! Wow. That’s some attention span. Hope the Sears guy was a “kid guy”, too…

    Mamacita Tina: Hello! A new commenter! Heavy machinery is big around here. You should see the excitement when they haul out the machines that break the ice up on the river. Woo-eee! I’m not sure if your little guy would be delighted or terrified, but it’s VERY exciting!

    Kimmyk: That window’s not so big. You might get three (slim) adults across it – but five wiggly little kids? Nooo problem. Poor old car. We’ve got our fingers crossed.

    Peter Indeed.

    LadyM: The car, as it turns out, doesn’t seem to have anything major wrong. Mechanic (so far) thinks it just needs a tune-up. Those tune-ups have a nasty habit of discovering all manner of other stuff, though. We’ll see…

    Comment by Mary P. | April 26, 2006 | Reply

  10. Glad it’s nothing serious with the car.

    The girls, even at their age, run to watch anything unusual with wheels.

    Comment by Granny | April 27, 2006 | Reply

  11. When the GirlChild was in pre-school one of the neighbors was doing some construction work. The day they had the backhoes and other large pieces of equipment out the nursery school teacher apologized, “I’m sorry, I just let them watch the construction today because I couldn’t get them away from the window.” I told her it was o.k. I thought it was like BobTheBuilder or something.

    Comment by M&Co. | April 27, 2006 | Reply

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