The other evening as I was getting gussied up to go somewhere, I caught Oliver leaning in the bathroom doorway, watching me. I’d been plucking a few stray grey hair from my head, and quickly explained to him that though they didn’t really bother me, I found them distracting sometimes. When I catch my reflection, I keep thinking that white thing I see is a bit of fluff, or dry scalp or something… so I just get rid of it so it doesn’t bug me.

He: You have lots of them in the back.

Me: I’m sure I do. I can’t see them, so they don’t bother me at all. But I am having trouble getting this one… *points to a spot at the side of head I can barely see*

He: Would you like me to get it for you?

Me: Would you? Thanks! Daddy never helps me. *hands tweezers over sits on toilet seat*

He: Why won’t daddy do it?

Me: Oh, I think he just thinks it’s weird and unnatural. He’s worried that it’ll hurt me. And you know, I’ll stop one day when I have more grey hairs than black ones. I mean, otherwise… I’d eventually have to pluck them all out, right?

He made a small smile, but his face quickly returned to a concentrated mask as he plucked out one silvery hair, and then another.

He: Does this hurt you?

Tender boy. His voice sounded small with regret.

Me: Not really. I’m ready for it. Of course, if you just walked up to someone and yanked a hair out, it would be more than surprising… but I’m ready. It’s okay. Really.

He was still quietly unconvinced, I could tell. I decide to distract him.

Me: Hey, do you remember what we call the end of the hair? The little part like a plug, that keeps the hair in your scalp? What that’s called?

He: Um… it’s, um… does it start with ‘F’?

Me: Yes.

He: Ffffff… faaa…

Me: Hmmm?!

He: No, I forget.

Me: It’s folicle. Can you spell it?

He: Um… eff, oh, elle…”

Me: Yes…

He: Eff, oh, elle, eee…

Me: Eff, oh, elle, eye.

He: That’s what I… I was… I’m spelling in French.

Me: Oh! Excuse me. Continue.”

He: Okay. I’ll start again, en Anglais.

Me: As you wish.

I really take such delight in hearing him switch in and out of his language like this. Like, so much.

He: Eff, oh, elle, eye… cee… ay… elle?”

Me: Almost. Cee, elle, eee. Fo-LI-cle. But you were close. Enunciation. You know. It helps with spelling.

He: Mmm-hmm. That’s why you sound like that when you talk to Ava?

Me: What do you mean?

He: Well, just today, you said caah-rot, and not… you know… kerrit.

Me: Well, how would you spell ‘kerrit’ if I said pronounced like that?

He: Um… kay, eee, are…

Me: See? Not helpful when you’re just little and learning.

He: Yeah.

Me: *lays palm out for tweezers* You can stop now – we don’t have to get them all, you know.

He: *gives me a once-over* You’re pretty, mummy.

Me: *gives him sidelong glance* Stop it. I’m already married.


He’s a nice kid. Not too shabby with the spelling, either. En Francais, that is.


Ear-Candy: When The People Cheer

April 9, 2014 music stuff

Who doesn’t love the Roots, right? I swear, those guys are so busy, I don’t know how they have time to record new stuff. And yet they did. Ohyestheydid. A new album is said to be released later this year called, …And then You Shoot Your Cousin. I’m listening to this track is on a [...]

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Ear Candy: Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker (USS)

April 4, 2014 music stuff

I dunno, man… this tune’s been rattling around in my head for weeks, and I just dig it. This duo – USS – is from Toronto, and I like the rhythm of their drum-and-bass dance groove, which also feels a little grungy too me. It makes me feel like stomping the last of Winter into [...]

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On Holding Grudges and Mending Fences. And Coats.

March 19, 2014 Random Grumbles

We tend to hear all sorts of adages over the years – it’s as if they float around over our heads just waiting to be plucked down when they suit us, or when we need them. Sometimes one will fall right into your lap, like a message, or like a secret. There are so very [...]

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Head To Toe – March 18, 2014

March 18, 2014 fashion & beauty stuff

I picked up this dumb bauble at H&M sometime just after Christmas, when everything in the store was practically free… and I quickly decided it wasn’t so dumb after all. I hold a fondness for skull-things, but not just any old skull – this one does the right things, for me. It’s dark, but it [...]

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Ear Candy: Filthy Souls

March 13, 2014 music stuff

I love certain words, as I’m sure you do, too. Fondness of certain words can be borne of how they sound when uttered. Often one can enjoy them, not only because of what they actually mean, but sometimes it’s about what they connotate. For me, one of those words is “filthy.” *giggles* I use the [...]

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Ice: The Only Good Thing About Winter

March 12, 2014 The (misc.) Adventures of Grumble Girl

You need to understand off the top that I had NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with building this amazing thing. You know how much I hate winter, right? Well. Things might have changed just a little bit. Sometime before Christmas, someone amongst my loving group of neighbourhood people posted a link on Facebook about an igloo [...]

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The Thing About Kissing…

March 11, 2014 entertainment stuff

Remember that time I showed you that BASOREXIA thing? Well, there’s different video afoot these days called “First Kiss” by Tatia Pilieva, whereby some lovely people were invited to kiss each other for the first time. Strangers, I mean. My sister sent me the link last night, and I can’t tell you how many times [...]

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Portrait of a Young Man

February 28, 2014 Conversations With Oliver

I’ve got things to write about, and they’re all out of chronological order for reasons that include laziness-induced-by-winter-loathing, plus we had house guests of family and friends all over the place (which was tres fun) not to mention the fact that I was busy watching the Olympics for the past two weeks or so… or [...]

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