A conversation this morning:
Dr. Free-Ride: Hey, do you have any pictures you’d like me to scan in for today’s sprog blog?
Younger offspring: No.
Dr. Free-Ride: You mean to tell me you haven’t made any drawings at all this week?
Younger offspring: I’ve made drawings, but I don’t want to scan any of them for your blog.
Dr. Free-Ride: You’re not in negotiations with another blogger, are you?
Younger offspring: Not yet.
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I’ve always been a candy sorter. Given a handful of M&Ms (or Skittles, or SweetTarts, or Spree), I cannot help but sort them by color before eating any of them. (Indeed, the eating order is often determined by the initial frequencies of the different colors in the handful.)
Similarly, the best part of Hallowe’en when I was a kid was sorting the candy-haul. But, to the best of my recollection, I never went so far as to make a Venn diagram of my Hallowe’en candy, like this one elder offspring made — completely unprompted by nerdy parents — on Hallowe’en evening.
There is a slight possibility that the construction of the Venn diagram (and the candy census accompanying it) was motivated by concerns about potential loss of candy to vermin (i.e., parents), but that’s just a hunch.
Today’s other image from elder offspring struck both Free-Ride parental units as a possible political cartoon, although the artist’s explanation sounds innocent enough:
Someone is painting the animals red, white, and blue. The animals don’t think this is a great idea.
Features that struck the Free-Ride parental units:
- The elephant seems the most disgruntled — perhaps especially by the blue paint on his ear.
- The donkey, on the other hand, might be looking a little bit gloaty.
- The person doing the painting is wearing a beret (or, as we like to call it, a freedom chapeau). Who, really, is engineering the “lousy” time for this elephant?!
Given that this is a visual product, I don’t think we can lay this at the feet of too much exposure to NPR. Maybe there really is something in the Bay Area water supply.
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There’s still time to send me your suggestion for the Brain-Friendly Gifts list I’m compiling. I’ve gotten some great suggestions already, but I have the sense that some of you still need to chime in.