October 21st, 2005

Maya and Nadia

We are lucky

I know, I know. I've been so mushy about my relationship with Chris lately. Some of you are probably rolling your eyes right now and saying, "Oh geez, not another post!". But this is different.

We are lucky because we have good kids.

Yesterday, I posted about that whiney kid who is in Maya's playgroup. And then how Maya and Nadia were starting to fight and get on my nerves. Well, I should have been thankful.

Maya and Nadia truly love each other. I can already tell. Maya protects her. Nadia misses Maya when she's at school. For the few couple of weeks of Maya's school, Nadia would go around saying, "Maya come home? Maya come home!" Even now, a month and a half into the school year, Nadia still cries when Maya gets on the bus. And they, for the most part, play really well together.

And other people tell me that they are well-behaved. Yesterday, the other girls left, leaving a mess behind for Maya to clean up. Not a huge one, but a couple of games were strewn about the living room. As I was getting dinner ready, I asked Maya to clean it up. She said, "How come they didn't help me clean up? They should have before they left." I said to that, "Yes, I know, baby. But we didn't know what time they were leaving, so we didn't have a chance to ask." Then she said, "Well, I help them clean up when I go to their house for playgroup. They should help me too! HUMPH!" On the one hand, I wanted to tell her to not depend on others like that. And then I realized that wow, she actually remembers what I told her about helping others when you help make the mess. I was so proud of her. She cleaned up pretty quickly (because it wasn't a huge mess to begin with) and came to me and said, "I did it so fast like you want me to, Mommy!"

I told Chris yesterday while we were chatting, "we really have good children, Chris". We really do.
Pink fairy

Cause gfailure did it...

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Congratulations. (You passed the test.)

You are either a Bear or a Rooster personality. But you may also be a Weasel personality.

NOTE: Although you share characteristics with these animals, you are ONLY one of these personality types. Read the descriptions of each animal to determine which one you are.

This is the one I am most likely to be. My friend Benjamin would be tickled that The Artist Formerly Known As Prince is also a Rooster, like me! :-p



Genera and species: Gallus gallus
Collective Term: A brood of roosters

Roosters are those talented, creative, but somewhat eccentric people who make life interesting for the rest of us. Their bird-like minds are always on the lookout for stimulation and roosters display the characteristically high-energy behavior of their species. They are artistic, creative, and sophisticated with a thorough knowledge of fine wines, cooking, writing, theater and painting. Subscribing to the early bird maxim, roosters rise a little earlier than their competition and could even be accused of having their fingers in too many pies. For the world is so fascinating to the rooster, that settling down into any one career would be impossibly constricting. Unfortunately, their earning potential can suffer in a competitive world that rewards specialization. But, roosters will succeed when they choose a career that presents a variety of challenges, such as medicine, publishing, journalism, or acting.

There's a touch of glamour in everything the rooster does -- for settling for less would be exasperating to the rooster's essence. Why take the train if you can fly? This philosophy pervades its personal life, for the rooster proves to be a perfectionist in the bedroom too. Of course, roosters are not above crowing a little, if they feel that their efforts have gone unnoticed. But in the long run, partners have few complaints holding their rooster lover in the highest regard as paramour.

Their ideal mates include peacocks who are attracted to their strong demeanor and flashy style. They are incorrigible flirts and although successful in attracting mates, their egos sometimes drive potential partners away. When sufficiently motivated by the right partner however, the rooster will generally find a way to make the relationship work.

As a parent, it is fussy and attentive. Like the proverbial brooding hen, it is involved with every aspect of its children's lives; including their dress and company they keep; some even accuse the rooster of being overprotective. Although its children might resent their parent's interference, they learn to appreciate their concerns as they mature. The more reserved animal personalities such as bats, bison and moles find them to be fussy and bossy, and snake and canine personalities should be studiously avoided.

A rooster will not be silent while there's breath in its body and although its powerful voice tends to be on the shrill side -- when it calls for action, everyone responds. Fuelled by resentment of their brazen style, these saucy birds hear a lot of unkind remarks from members of their own species and these barbs tear at their self-esteem. But when things look bleak, they stick to their guns, redouble their efforts, and live by the motto: if at first you don't suck seed, try drier grain.

Insurance agent

Eating out

Famous Roosters
PT Barnum, Dennis Rodman, The artist formerly known as Prince