Time Out for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2009

When I think about all that I have, it becomes apparent how fortunate and blessed I am.  Malachy has been up and down with his colds and coughs, and he’s becoming more and more… let’s say, “determined!”  When he wants something, it’s hard to convince him otherwise.  (i.e., TANTRUMS AND MELTDOWNS)  This morning, he wanted a bagel (among other things, of course).  Well, we didn’t have any bagels in the house.  So, he cried and he yelled and he cried.  I sat him down and here was Dad explaining to a 3-year-old that you can’t always get what you want as soon as you want it.  His reasoning was that he likes bagels and therefore, he had to have a bagel.  So, I gave him a plan (inspired from Agent Oso).  Step One, take a deep breath and calm down.  Step Two, apologize to Mom for getting so worked up and demanding what wasn’t possible.  And, Step Three, we’d go together to get a bagel.  (The beauty of living 2 blocks from the Bialy Store)  So, the moral of the story is…  Never be bagel-less, cuz you just never know… 😉

Time Out for Sports

So, the Yankees won the World Series on Wednesday.  I’ll never forget watching this one in particular because Malachy was still sick, threw up all over his bed, and I wound up doing laundry until way past 3AM.  Thank goodness for TiVo, as there was constant running back and forth between Shien and me to his room every time he was coughing, even after the first incident.  Shien also had a huge case study to finish.  Aiya.

I’ve been wondering a lot about why it is that I could turn on sports on TV and just sit and watch it for hours if there is any team I am remotely interested in.  I know it sometimes upsets Shien and I’m sure she doesn’t get why either.  After all, it can’t be good for my health…  the excitement or the stress and “anger” at times.  So, I think I’ve come to the conclusion that it may be an “id” thing, especially, but not exclusively, for men.  We want to be on the winning side and we want our side to win, no matter what.  We might even wish ill-will towards the other team and their players.

Isn’t it amazing how we can so dislike an opponent and find out all of these reasons for not liking him, but as soon as he’s traded to our team, we might even start liking and enjoying having that person on our team?  I watch the news and whenever there is news about war, it’s impossible to explain to Malachy.  How do you explain why one side wants to destroy or annihilate the other side?  I think I’ll watch sports with even more guilt now.  Maybe, just maybe, sports provides that feeding of the “id.”

Time Out for Medicine…

Halloween 2009
Halloween lasted two days this year because it was on a Saturday, and everyone started the celebrations on Friday. So, Malachy had a blast at school with a Halloween Parade around Chinatown and Halloween activities all day at school. On Saturday, he woke up at 6:30am, not feeling so great. After nap, it was even worse because he complained of his ear hurting. He never did that before, so we had a strong feeling he had some kind of ear infection. It was confirmed today when we went to the doctor’s. Having your child get sick is one of the hardest things because you see them suffer and you want so much for everything to just be okay again. This morning, he woke up at 6am crying and crying. Shien went right into Mommy mode and was able to calm him and soothe him. One thing that us dads lack… the Mommy touch. Hopefully, all will be better in a few days.
Another thing that we have been contemplating about, along with every other parent, is the question of whether or not he should get the H1N1 flu shot. He already got the regular flu shot. It puzzles me because we never received flu shots as kids. Now, if we don’t, it’s like we’re doing something wrong or not taking all the precautions to keep our children safe. I guess one big difference is that Malachy is in school and is exposed to a lot more germs than I was as at that age. More kids = more likely to catch something.