Saturday, June 20, 2009
Life Imitating Art
Again our cast of characters -
Me (The Daddy)
The Bean: Age 7
The Butterfly: Age 5
The Loving Understanding Wife
About an hour after I'd finished Daddy I Want to go to the Beach, I was supposed to take the Bean and the Butterfly to eat at our favorite (read closest) Mexican restaurant, La Parilla. This usually involves the girls eating cheese dip for dinner; however, recently The Bean has started eating refried beans. Go figure.
In the book, the main character (Lily) won't go to the beach until her sandals, her Mermaid Barbi, her swim goggles, etc are found. By the Daddy. Lily waits and paints her toes while the Daddy looks high and low for Lily's belongings (she doesn't feel the need to help).
Lily is based loosely on The Bean. However, in this instance, it is The Butterfly's turn at bat.
Get this: I announce that it's time to get in the minivan (the convertible is in the shop, I swear.) The Bean is all excited. She dashes to the garage and proceeds to strap herself into her car seat (yeah, they grow up so fast, but it can be very convenient).
But The Butterfly throws a fit. She doesn't like the dress she's wearing. She wants the one that Grammy got her. She shrugs when I ask what it looks like.
So we go through her closet and the laundry room. I don't have a clue what I'm looking for, but somehow we find it.
Get your Crocs, I say. Let's go, I say.
Crocs are stupid. I want my sandals. SANDALS!!!
Stop me if this sounds familiar.
The Butterfly proceeds to sit on the floor and not help. So The Bean (she's come back inside wondering WTF) and I do a room-by-room search for sandals.
We finally find them and go off for a wonderful meal of beans, cheese dip and Margaritas.
And I've determined to only write happy, non-confrontational things from now on.