Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Cranking Up The Silly

These days, Daney has no sense of humor, especially when it comes to mistakes she's made. Granted, ten is a serious age for a girl who is planning to major in biology at Cornell. But in this family of mostly males, "serious" isn't always the mood.

Instead of deep conversation and philosophy, there are various body noises, lots of running, and the daily Nerf war.

You'd think Daney would be laughing her head off.

She's not.

She can't.

She's not that kind of girl.

But we're working on it. Making fools of ourselves.

Like, I bombed the singing part of "Don't Stop Believin'" during the family Rock Band tournament.

And Dominic laughs at his trademark one-word responses.

Rees tells funny stories of himself when he was a baby.

And when Dave screws up, he says "Sorry" like Saturday Night Live's Gilly.

All this doesn't seem to be making a difference in Daney's loosening up: making mistakes and giggling over it. Kind of the reverse of most parental objectives, I suppose.


Shannon O'Donnell said...

I'm thrilled to learn that mine is not the only household with DAILY Nerf wars! Have you discovered that the bullets are actually rabbits in disguise? They seem to magically reproduce in every room of the house. I find them everywhere! :-)

P.S. Make sure you stop by my blog tomorrow. I'll have a little something special for you.

Jonathon Arntson said...

This post is classic! I hope your loosening up goes well, I'm sure that over time it will.

Thanks for saying hey at my blog, btw.

Elana Johnson said...

Oh, just give it some time. It's hard to realize that not all mistakes are the end of the world, yanno? :-)

Anonymous said...

i appreciate you not SAYING that mom!

-gracia's friend