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The Smug Parent

August 23rd, 2009 (03:25 pm)

During our vacation to Maine last week, we took a side trip to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Do Not Try This At Home. Yarmouth may not be the most boring place I've visited, but it's pretty bad. Better than Calais, worse than Dover.

We stayed overnight; in the morning, E was pretty cranky about the dullness. After a while, though, I had an idea. We were in a park. There was a gazebo in the park. And both our kids know The Tale of Eric and the Dread Gazebo. So I invented the traditional test of bravery, Taunt The Gazebo.

I started them off with, "Gazebo, you're so puny, you couldn't even kill a sick kobold with one hit point!", and A echoed with, "Stupid gazebo!". E was a little stubborn, but soon she was offering her own insults. Then she thought of stomping on the gazebo. Stomp, stomp, stomp.

But it really took off when cvirtue suggested that they needed to make the gazebo dizzy, by running around it in circles really fast. By the time they were done, we had achieved victory over the grump. Smug, smug, smug.


Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)

It wasn't so much the dullness, but that she had somehow acquired some crazy idea about how wonderful and special the firefighter's museum would be, and when it wasn't a hands-on adventure of kid immersion, she got the pouts something awful.

But yes, the taunting of the gazebo was inspired. Good for you!

Here's the video:

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)

Could be. But what she was saying was that the whole trip was boring.

Actually, I rather liked that park, which made E's behavior strange to me.

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