Friday, February 23, 2007

A Memory and a Chore

Not having an original thought of my own these days, permit me to relate a memory that bubbled to the surface upon reading Cate's most recent post. She wrote about wondering why their young son was not calling them Mom and Dad in the normal and time-honoured fashion. Then she realized that he was attempting to use their first names.

I can only remember our kids doing that once; it was the youngest, Bug, who resorted to our first names in a moment of frustration. My memory informs me that Cuppa and I were doing something or other in the kitchen, and Bug was just outside in the hall, frustrated by the kiddie-gate between us. We weren't paying her much mind, but I recall being dimly aware of Bug calling for alternatively, first Mom and then Dad. After a bit, I was shocked and greatly amused to hear our first names being used. It worked too; she really got our attention.



Meanwhile, it is time to go shopping — again. I need to pick up a rotisserie chicken for a lasagna that I want to make for company tomorrow. Well, I want to make it today and serve it tomorrow. Lasagna is almost always better the second day anyway. I was supposed to pick it up yesterday when we were shopping, but I am very absent-minded. Cuppa said, "I'll get the bread, and you go over and pick up the chicken." Unfortunately, I got waylaid in the cheese section and completely forgot about the chicken until we got home. With a memory like mine I'll never run out of things to do ... although I may forget what they are.



What I did remember to do yesterday was to restore a photo for our neighbour. It's her birthday, so this will be a little gift for her. I was able to coax the computer along fairly well yesterday.

Boy Before

Boy After No.2

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

She will be so pleased with how the picture turned out!!!

~Sha

Gina said...

Great job on the restoration!

Linda said...

I wish you were my neighbour.

Thailand Gal said...

Isn't it interesting that all kids seem to go through that stage at one time or another? I don't remember but it does seem it would be confusing to be a kid, hear everyone calling the mom and dad "Joe and Mary" and automatically assuming that it is what they should be called.

Hm. :)


Peace,

~Chani

Maria said...

I not only get waylaid in stores, it is not uncommon for me to go in for something (paper towels) and come out with catsup, apples, toilet paper but no paper towels.

Sue said...

Lovely restoration!

I have to admit to being puzzled, however, as to why you would need a rotisserie chicken to make lasagna! I know several recipes for this dish but other than the veggie ones, they all involve mince (ground meat) of some kind, plus layers of pasta and cheese sauce. Is lasagna something different in Canada?

Pam said...

My granddaughter, Sarah, used the first name ploy on her father once when he'd left the room and didn't answer to "Dad." They caught it on film, and it's very funny.

Great job on the restoration.

Leann said...
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Leann said...

cute little guy.the picture turned out very well.you do better then I do.your restorer must be much better then mine.

Cate said...

Glad to hear that we aren't the only ones with overly formal children!
Hope the lasagna is good, sounds delicious!

Great job on the restoration! Impressive!

Cate

Heather said...

Wow! You're getting quite accomplished on Photoshop! Nicely done.

Dale said...

I'm with Sue, AC. Roast chicken to make lasagna? Tell, tell.

Great job on the photo, btw.

Coll said...

I am very impressed with the restoration of this photo. Your neighbour will be so pleased. How kind of you to do this.

Steffi said...

Very cute picture!I think too your neighbour will be pleased and it´s nice of you to do that for him!

Lisa said...

The photo restoration is STUNNING! I recently TRIED to do this with an old family photo and it turned out all digitised (moire) looking. What did you use?

Turtle Guy said...

I consider myself fairly technically savvy, however some things like electronic photo restoration still have me in awe.

Pearl said...

Well done on the photo restoration. It's lovely to see it look natural as if just taken.