Shakir has figured out that cartoon characters wear the same clothes all the time, in every single episode. He looked over at me during an episode of Scooby Doo and made mention of it. I'm sure he mentioned it last week during another cartoon. I smiled and gave him a slight nod, which seemed to satisfy him, strangely enough. I'm waiting for when he starts asking me about hygiene. I have to think long and hard about the way to approach that question, because right now, I'm trying to make sure he understands hygiene. Most mornings, it takes a lifetime to get Shakir into the bath and then he's out in a few seconds so I have to send him back in again. I've discovered that its a stage that all children go through and I keep praying that the stage will be over soon. I seriously don't think I can deal with it much longer.
The other annoying thing is that while I'm fighting to get Shakir to bathe properly, I've got Jaheim turning the TV on so he can watch Peppa Pig. He's gotten to the stage where he'll ask his father to watch Super Why on youtube and then once youtube loads, he'll change his mind and ask to watch Peppa Pig instead. I watch so much Peppa Pig that I have the accent and pitch perfected. Why do the people who make these cartoons see the need to make the cartoons so silly? I guess I should at least be glad that it isn't SpongeBob Squarepants. That is probably the worst cartoon of all time and my son Shakir made sure that I can say with honesty that I have watched nearly all the episodes of that wretched cartoon. I can actually name all the characters and give an okay imitation of a couple of the characters, if I tried. Can you just picture me trying to hold down an adult conversation and the most current event I'm able to present is what happened on Peppa Pig this morning? Its like that when you're a mom.
I can sing along to the theme song of Caillou. I'm now on a first name basis with Diego and Dora. And I sometimes wish that Phineas and Ferb would devise a way to travel to this actual timeline and build me one of those really awesome summer adventures so I could have fun like only a child could. I'm so zoinked (I hope I used that word correctly) from watching all these kiddie shows that I actually felt like I was on the verge of losing my mind when I was sitting at work and I could hear the Caillou theme song blaring loudly behind me. I wasn't. It was seriously playing and although it wasn't because someone was actually watching the show, for a moment, I felt a small semblance of normalcy and balance in my two worlds and it was good.
Allison is mother to two active boys who challenge her on a day to day basis with their escapades. In her other life, Allison juggles a regular day job as a marketing executive in a health food organization. At night, when everyone is asleep, she dreams of being a fulltime writer and super hero.