Category Archives: The Great life

Back from India

We returned from our travels and slowly got back into our daily routines. My not so little J starts 1st grade tomorrow morning and I am still playing catch up both with work and on the home run.

This Sunday evening I double triple promise to return our Monday Listicles. Topic will be 10 THINGS EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW. If you wrote one back in July, link it anyway. It’s never too late to read a good list!

For now I leave you with my column in this, already 15th issue of LUDIQUE MAGAZINE. I wrote about our travels in India and one of the best days of my life.

CLICK HERE to read it.

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Elections 2042

Until recently my six year old son wanted to be a miner. Before that there was an architect, garbage truck driver, coast guard, rigger, scientist and LEGO designer to name but a few.

But last week at the dinner table he announced he will be the President of United States.

I told him that in order to get elected he must come up with a plan on how he will run the country and keep his promises to the voters. Here are some he said he will push for:

– no guns in USA

– no bombing other countries

– no wars

– no campfires on hot days

– more swimming pools

– no throwing away stuff that can be recycled

– no alarms

– no overgrowing stuff ( I think he was talking about GMO but not sure )

– everybody to take good care of nature

– no fishing sharks and turtles

– no more over cutting the trees ( only 15 per forest )

– no polluting water

– kids to play outside unless there is a thunderstorm

After I explained to him that government makes decisions how tax money is spend he said that as a president he will make sure that money is spend on happiness, good education and making sure everyone can go to collage for only $1. Also he will only allow Navy to spend money on meetings and coffee and no weapons.

He also added he will never give up on people who did not vote for him the first time. When I asked him what he will do to make sure they vote for him during re-election he said he will be the best president ever so they will want to vote for him the second time around.

So ladies and gentleman by 2042 my son will be eligible to run for office. In the mean time if any candidates need ideas or a speech written feel free to pass by and sit down with Little J for a bit. This plan of his took five minutes flat.

Have you ever ask your kids what they would do if they were given the chance to run the country?

Parenting advice

When daddy is away TV is on play.

It has become a bit of a ritual for Little J and I. In the evening, before bedtime we snuggle up and watch a documentary. We are not really TV watchers, specially me. So I guess it feels extra special for my son to lounge on the couch tucked under a blanket with me. Because we watched some documentaries on wildlife in Alaska Netflix suggested we might like ‘Out of the wild’ series. We watched the first season where they dropped some folks off in Alaska to fend for themselves and I am pleased to report my six year old had better ideas on how to find food and shelter then most of those adults. Yesterday we finished watching the second. I am not sure how educational it is for my son to watch a show with a bunch of people struggling to survive and hike out of the wilderness of Venezuela but hey, we like it.

As they finally made it to civilization the survivors were greeted by their families and friends. Little J noticed how the tough guys were hugging their moms and he told me I will always be his mommy, no matter how old he is and how long he can survive in the wild. It made my day.

We started talking about children and he announced he will have two.

Me: Why two?

Little J: Cause it’s a fair and share number. Also they will have each other to play with so they won’t bug me like I always bug you.

Me: I like playing with you.

Little J: I know, but I will probably be too busy when I have kids.

Me: I am very busy too. But you can never be too busy you know.

Little J: Also I will not buy them more then 11 toys. I sure don’t want to spend too much time tidying them up.

Me: What are you taking about? You never tidy toys now. I clean up all the LEGOs all the time.

Little J: Exactly. No way I am doing that!

Me: Oh really? What else will you do differently with your kids?

Little J: I will make them play outside in the garden every day. So I can have some peace and quiet.

Me: I see.

Little J: And I will teach them how to survive in the wild. Just in case.

Me: In case of what?

Little J: I want to go on vacation with my wife.

Me: Well that’s what grandmas are for. I can help you with your kids so that you can go on vacation.

Little J: Nah. Cause I will come to see you on my vacation.

My grandkids might be hunting their own food in the forest but my son will be my baby forever. I love my kid.