Monday, July 18, 2011

Inheriting Insanity From Your Kids - Good Stuff

This past weekend I read "Good Stuff" by Jennifer Grant, where she shares with the world her memories of her father, film star Cary Grant.  He used the term "Good Stuff" when things made him happy.

Ms. Grant leaves the reader with an impression of a father who enjoyed the simple things.  Had a silly sense of humor.  Used silence to communicate his displeasure.  Was neither too miserly nor too lavish with his fortune.  Was generous with 'I love you's.'

Tonight I went to dinner with my husband and my children.  I'd like to report that it was a wonderful family dinner where we shared the highs and lows of our day over good food.  Alas, we rarely manage to accomplish such a meal.  Instead, the dinner was a curious hodgepodge of conversation where my husband and I attempted to share the events of our day around interruptions from the children; admonishments that one stop pouring water on her napkin with the spoon; to chew with their mouths shut; to not throw parsley across the table; and then we capped off the dinner with an argument about brushing teeth.

As we left the restaurant, I remembered a quote by Erma Bombeck:  "Insanity is hereditary.  You can catch it from your kids."

When my children look back one day and remember me, I want them to remember my love.  Having inherited insanity from them, I'm not sure I want them remembering the drool...

Now that we're home from the restaurant, my daughter is playing songs on the iPhone (in my ear) and my son is putting together legos on the floor by the bed, kicking the cord to my computer so that the screen brightens and darkens with the movement.  We have a four bedroom, three living area home, and they insist on being in the same room I'm in, even after all my insane ramblings about proper behavior at dinner.

Good stuff.