Monday, March 30, 2009

Monday! Hooray!

Come on--admit it, you are SO THRILLED that it is Monday, right? Right!

We went to the Wild Animal Park on Saturday. In a rare treat, we got to see the cheetahs right up next to the fence. A trainer was in there with them, talking about how they had been abandoned by their mothers and hand raised. When she was finished informing us that cheetahs are the only big cats to purr, she asked if there were any questions. Hot Stuff leaned over to me and said, "How do you account for the success of this program when it's a well-known fact that cheetahs never prosper?"

Ba-dum-BUM!

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Last night we were visiting with my mother-in-law, who is a kindergarten teacher. She was telling us about a father who is very stressed out that his daughter (his FIVE-YEAR-OLD daughter) is only getting acceptable marks in science. After all, she wants to be a doctor. (I've heard Ivy League schools have begun looking up kindergarten scores for admissions now.) "Nayna," I said, turning to my nearly-five-year-old, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"

She looked thoughtful for a moment, then smiled. "A butterfly."

Never say my children aren't ambitious.

20 comments:

Megs said...

Ha ha, this made me laught out loud; perfect post for a Monday, I must say.

I totally jive with Hot Stuff's sense of humor, and you know - I'd like to be a butterfly too! Nayna and I should get together to compare career notes...

Whirlochre said...

At the moment when parental sperm fused with egg, apparently I couldn't make my mind up whether I wanted to be a frogman or a marshmallow.

Luckily, I got to be neither — though I did once stroke a frogman.

My favourite Zoo Cat was a lynx. Saw it last year in France. Much like a wildcat turning into a bird.

Lady Glamis said...

LOL! Great stories, Kiersten. I love the butterfly answer. That's exactly what I would like to be. :)

Kayleigh said...

Aw. That's cute! Kids are great (wow, as said that as though I had some....I don't, for the record). I agree with Megs. That was the perfect Monday post. Especially for those of us in UTAH where it SNOWED THREE INCHES overnight.

Ya. I'm only slightly jealous of you being in San Diego right now.

Lindsey Bench said...

You just started mine and Keegan's morning off right.

sraasch said...

Your family is awesome.

Patti said...

From the mouths of babes. My grade five son came home with a university planning book. Grade 5, really.

Renee Collins said...

lol, cute stories. :)

When my daughter was three she wanted to be a giraffe when she grew up. Now, being much more mature, she's shifted her career goals to being a mermaid.

Carrie Harris said...

My son stared down a cheetah the last time we were at the zoo. And now he wants to be a cheetah when he grows up.

I promise to keep him away from your daughter. Not like cheetahs eat butterflies but... oh heck, you know what I mean.

Mariah Irvin said...

I wish I could metamorphosize. But not like in that book Metamorphosis, 'cuz then it'd be scary.

Natalie said...

Ben wants to be a dinosaur. Except which kind changes daily. Triceratops. T-rex. Stegosaurus. Pterodactyl.

I'm thinking he can do it. He's got the growling and screeching down pretty dang good.

JaneyV said...

Scores? They give 5-year-olds scores??? Do these people know NOTHING about child development?

For the record Kiersten, in my experience working with kids of this age I'd say Nayna is right on track to be a perfectly normal, well-rounded child. And her interest in entomology is far more indicative of scientific ability than arbitrary test scores. Sheesh!

Parents like this Dad make me crazy!

As for Hot Stuff - Bwah-Ha!HA!HAAAAAAA!
He's hilarious!

JaneyV said...

Oh I forgot to say (amid my silly rant) that Small Son (5 - as yet unscored - but being monitored closely) announced today that he was going to only make movies forever.

He had my Hubby showing him how to work the video camera before bedtime so he could film his lego toys. I wonder how old Spielberg was when he picked up his first 8mm camera and if he started with filming stuff that actually moved?

Last week he wanted to be Darth Vadar.

Erin said...

when i was three i wanted to be "yellow" when i grew up.

look at me now!!! i'm a yellow-bellied lawyer. i got just what i wanted.

cindy said...

saturday was beautiful! you must have had a blast at wild animal park. love the place! ha on hot stuff, too! hee!! and wow. no pressure at age 5 please. =| sweet pea says she wants to be a teacher--tho sometimes she will say writer or artist too. =DDD

jessie said...

Ha, ha! Very funny. Cheetahs may never prosper, but butterflies certainly do.

freddie said...

Took me a second to get it.

Hope you enjoyed your Monday!!

Bevie said...

What a wonderful answer!

On a more serious note, it is scary how our educational systems are profiling people at younger and younger ages. It doesn't work, except to ruin people's lives.

I think Nayna has the right approach. Keep all creative options open as long as you can. Who knows what the future will bring?

Kiersten said...

Mariah, HA! Oh, Kafka.

And the rest of you, thanks, I quite like my family, too ; ) And I agree--kids should be kids, not pre-med students. Or really, pre-pre-pre-pre-pre-med students.

Kristan said...

Dude, becoming a butterfly would be SO MUCH HARDER than becoming a doctor.