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all I want is what I have coming to me. all I want is my fair share.

This is what my brain hears when my child complains about the things he wants me to buy for him, the things his friends have and his awful deprivation. I say, “All I want is what I have coming to me. All I want is my fair share.” Then I laugh at him when he looks at me confused and agrees. Is that wrong? Honestly, even if it is wrong, I don’t think I’m gonna stop doing it.

At dinner tonight I showed my family the clip and read them the context. (Thank you imdb.) I’m still pretty sure they have no idea what I’m talking about. It’s probably for the best.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) (TV)

Sally: I’ve been looking for you, big brother. Will you please write a letter to Santa Claus for me?
Charlie Brown: Well, I don’t have much time. I’m supposed to get down to the school auditorium to direct a Christmas play.
Sally: [hands a clipboard and pen to Charlie Brown] You write it and I’ll tell you what I want to say.
Charlie Brown: [sticks pen in his mouth] Okay, shoot.
Sally: [dictating her letter to Santa Claus as Charlie Brown writes it for her] Dear Santa Claus, How have you been? Did you have a nice summer?
[Charlie Brown looks at her]
Sally: How is your wife? I have been extra good this year, so I have a long list of presents that I want.
Charlie Brown: Oh brother.
Sally: Please note the size and color of each item, and send as many as possible. If it seems too complicated, make it easy on yourself: just send money. How about tens and twenties?
Charlie Brown: TENS AND TWENTIES? Oh, even my baby sister!
Sally: All I want is what I… I have coming to me. All I want is my fair share.

without saying too much…

One of my babies really needed his mommy today. My heart hurt for his pain, but at the same time I was acutely aware that in his suffering he reached for me, actually called to me and let me in. Despite his independence and growing maturity he let me help him, wanted me there. And as I plodded through the awfulness of the day, I carried a glowing warmth, an awareness of being needed, loved and truly appreciated. It was really something.

minimalist update

-yesterday i made delicious biscotti

-today I scanned over 100 pages of student writing. a couple might have gone in upside down, but it was all or nothing.

-i left my ukulele on the kitchen counter so I might play it for the first time in months. It worked!

-Sam is on a three night camping overnight with his class. I hope he is having fun. quiet in the house without him. also, he has size nine feet. mens.

-i am too tired for punctuation

– i read Cutting For Stone – well, I listened on audiobook. Good book, great characters.

-tomorrow my class is having a giant presentation to celebrate the end of our unit of study. exciting!

-i have had a cough keeping me up at night for over a week.

– writing report cards!

-enjoyed Go Dog Go at SCT


enjoy this minimalist update.

scott made a fabulous sledding video