Yesterday I took Nemo to the pediatrician, and since BigDaddyFish is sick, I took Sunny along to give him a break (the bigs pretty much take care of themselves). When we got done, Sunny told me she wanted to go to McDonalds to get pancakes. It was 3pm. I explained that they only do pancakes in the morning for breakfast. She said they should make breakfast all day. I told her it would be nice, but that I'd feed her when we got home.
We were sitting at a traffic light across from the complex where the doctor is, which just happens to be in front of my new obsession, Rita's. Sunny pipes up from behind me "Mommy, I'm still hungry!"
"Yes, Sunny, I'll feed you when we get home."
"But I want to eat now! I'm hungry now!"
"We don't have anything to eat right now. We'll eat when we get home." For the record, home is a 5 minute drive from the pediatrician.
"I need to eat!"
"Well, what do you want to eat?"
"We could get italian ice."
"Well, we could, but I don't want to get baby Nemo out of the car."
"He can ride in the stroller."
"Yes, but he doesn't feel well, so I don't want to get him out. And they don't have a drive-thru."
"Well, we could go home, and get Daddy's tools, and he could make them a drive-thru."
We rented the movie Charlotte's Web and watched it yesterday. We have the older animated version and the kids have seen it numerous times, so I didn't think the ending would cause any issues. I was oh, so wrong.
It got to the end where Charlotte has made her egg sac and has broken the news to Wilbur that she won't be returning to the barn, explaining that she is dying and doesn't have the strength to even come down from her perch. Little Man looked at me, bewildered, and said, "She's not really going to die, is she, Mom? She's going to get better, right?"
I explained that no, she wasn't going to get better, that she was dying, and I reminded him that he'd seen the other movie and so he knew what was going to happen. He flatly denied it. He gazed at me, eyes shining with tears, and then climbed into my lap, where I held him until he stopped crying. We talked about the circle of life, how all things die, but that Charlotte would live on in the lives of the children in her egg sac and in the hearts of those who knew her and loved her. I stroked his hair and hugged him, and told him that when the original animated movie came out and I had seen it in the theater as a child, I cried, too, and that it's okay to cry when we feel sad.
It was one of those rare moments where I felt competent as a mother. I think I can count on one hand the number of times that's happened.
A couple of months ago (sorry, Dan), I got one of those e-mails asking me to review a product - I probably get about one of those a week. Most of the time I ignore them, because there is no offer of a free product or compensation or anything, and they are rather generic in nature, not using my name or anything. This one, though, addressed me by name, commented on something related to my blog in such a way as to make it clear that he had ACTUALLY READ the darn thing, and asked if I'd be willing to review TrueBlue Blueberry Juice. In one of those weird twists that happen when you blog semi anonymously, I had already been asked by Props and Pans to review the juice, and pointed that out. For whatever reason, though, I didn't get my juice to review until the day before PnP posted the reviews done by the other bloggers, so mine wasn't posted over there. Dan very nicely sent me a full case of the juice (that's 8 64oz. bottles) and I've been asking friends and family to drink it and tell what they thought, and here's the Fish Pond review.
TrueBlue Blueberry juice is quite the juice. It is full of antioxidants, has a full serving of blueberries in a 16oz. glass, and has no high fructose corn syrup. Rather, it is sweetened with cane sugar. That, combined with the natural sweetness of the blueberries, makes for a rather sweet product, and I, as well as a few other testers, found that I had to cut it with water to make it palatable. Once I did that, though, yuuuummmmmmy!
We tried the Blueberry Blackberry flavor, but there are a bunch more, including a straight blueberry flavor and a Blueberry Iced Green Tea flavor. Oddly enough, Sunny, who is our blueberry fanatic around here, didn't like it, but the rest of us more than made up for it. I feel good about giving it to the kids, and will add it to our repertoire of 100% orange, grape, and apple juice.
Thanks, Dan, for sending so much of this great juice, and sorry it took so long for me to get my act together and write about it.
Guess who's up at Props and Pans today? While you're over there finding out the answer (ahem), notice that they're giving away a Rolling Stones' Biggest Bang DVD box set! Check out the other reviewers' thoughts on the set and enter to get yours.