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June 15th, 2003
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With a son like this...
...Father's day is always a pleasure. I'll always remember this year as the "conversation" year...last year Quinn spoke and understood words and phrases--but this is the year of extended, sensible, often spontaneous conversation.

One of his favorite phrases these days is "I have an idea!" usually accompanied by coaxing or dragging one parent or the other off to find out what the latest idea is.

He just saw me vacuuming out the birdseed. It spilled when a little critter discovered it in the closet and gnawed the corner off the bag. He looked excited, so I offered him the hose...not only did he do a more thorough job than I was doing, but he also put all the shoes, boots, and cleaning supplies back in the closet--vacuuming off more discovered bird-seeed as he did so.

* shaking head * definitely his mother's son...and his father's pride.

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From:dicsy
Date:June 15th, 2003 09:19 am (UTC)
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That is so sweet.
I am sure you know this, but it is worth saying anyway; The more you encourage productive behavior when you see it happening spontaneously, the more likely it will turn into a positive character trait.

Did you read my post on cleaning? It is a bit extreme, don't you think? I can bet I did not hear "Good Job" on my first efforts, but instead "Not good enough...can't you see this? What about that?"

No,my mom was not Joan Crawford, but both my parents are over achievers, and were often not able to see a forest because of the trees. Good parents though, they had wonderful intentions.

Happy Fathers Day to you...seems like Quinn is training you right...
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From:happypete
Date:June 15th, 2003 09:44 am (UTC)

yep...

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he keeps me on my toes.

I haven't seen your post on cleaning...I'll go back and look.
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From:libidoergosum
Date:June 15th, 2003 10:21 am (UTC)
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Happy Father's Day happypete

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From:happypete
Date:June 15th, 2003 10:58 am (UTC)

Thanks, D!

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I remember when Brother (Dave) Schmidt married Megan and they started procreating...all the jokes. (Well, actually the day they got engaged was "The End of the World as we Know It," which was their fraternity theme song)...where was I going with this?

Oh yeah...now I'm the creaky old alum with a kid! Shudder!!
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From:libidoergosum
Date:June 15th, 2003 11:09 am (UTC)

Re: Thanks, D!

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Somehow or another, of all the Brothers that I know and have known to get married and contemplate having children, yours brings to mind the LEAST amount of horror. Jim Slade was only slightly more alarming. Brian Hill and Alex Hofelich probably bring the most horror, aside from maybe Chris Farris (whom I doubt will ever be socially apt enough to date, much less marry).

But I shall not blast my Brothers... for long at least.
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From:happypete
Date:June 16th, 2003 08:11 pm (UTC)

Heh...

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...it happens.

Whatever became of Farris?
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From:libidoergosum
Date:June 16th, 2003 08:37 pm (UTC)

Re: Heh...

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farriscite? dunno, don't care... he was a little shithead.
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From:happypete
Date:June 16th, 2003 08:41 pm (UTC)

Re: Heh...

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snort...
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From:libidoergosum
Date:June 17th, 2003 05:33 am (UTC)

Re: Heh...

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am I not right on that judgement?
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From:happypete
Date:June 18th, 2003 11:25 am (UTC)

Re: Heh...

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I was just amused.

I don't remember all the bad sh*t that went down...I tend to be an optimist so I filter out the bad memories and tend to remember more the happy stuff.

Not always good because it can lead to me mistakingly trusting an untrustable person again because I forgot about their malfeasance.
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From:angelovernh
Date:June 16th, 2003 10:13 am (UTC)
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You're very lucky.
I'm very envious that you have a child and such a wonderful one. :) :::turns around and smacks the damn biological alarm clock again:::
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From:happypete
Date:June 16th, 2003 08:09 pm (UTC)

awww...

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awww...well you can always come and play with Quinn when we're at cons together! He likes fen! ;)
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From:pandap
Date:June 17th, 2003 09:23 am (UTC)
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Hey, Happy Birthday!
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From:happypete
Date:June 18th, 2003 11:22 am (UTC)

thanks

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:)
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