Friday, April 10, 2009

hypervigilant holidays

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail, trying to find good hiding spots for stuff.....

actually I don't think I've gotten rid of all the Christmas recycling yet.

Jupiter is extremely attentive to detail. Once when she was three, she looked out the window at Elmo's car parked in the driveway and asked if the car had new tires. They did. They had been changed from summer tires to snow tires. It's not like one set was whitewall and the other one was plain....I haden't even noticed the change until she brought it up. But that's how her brain works. She notices everything in effort to protect her self interest. Including things that she should have no interest in whatsoever.

So just imagine things she DOES have an interest in. At Christmas I had to hide stuff in the trunk of the car. It was the only place I could think of that she wouldn't have access to, that I could lock, and where she wouldn't think to go looking for stuff. Then I have to hide all the boxes for things that are put under the tree unwrapped. Last year I had to send Elmo out with the recycling to drop off at one of the bins, because I couldn't put it in curbside. This year, I had to coordinate wrapping paper so nobody duplicated or wrapped Santa gifts in non Santa paper. And I had to write myself post its to remind myself where I had hidden things so I wouldn't forget them.

Easter is better. Its mostly little spring sidewalk chalk and bubbles, a new bathing suit. The stuff we need for spring activities (we're supposed to get an inch of snow But it will melt tomorrow.). I just hid it in my closet and put a big pile of dirty laundry on the floor in front of the closet door as a deterrent to exploration.

I'm not sure how long Santa will visit our house. But I envision Jupiter using Santa to her advantage, not admitting she knows the truth, because if Santa still comes she'll get more stuff.
She thinks. She likes having stuff. The more the better. It makes me nuts. Except books. I can always find room for a new book or two, despite the fact that we have enough in the house to start our own lending library. But that's another post.

Happy Easter!

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