I’ve been trying to do “family breakfast” when I can in my house — often just me and the kids, but trying to get them and me sitting around the table simultaneously. On Monday and Tuesday this week I made them pancakes. My daughter was very upset that there were no leftover pancakes on Monday (she wanted them for a snack). So Tuesday morning she was nearly frantic as I was making them and delivering them in stacks to the plates: “Are those the leftover pancakes? Don’t let S eat the leftover ones!” It was hard to describe that by definition, any pancakes they were eating in the moment were not the leftover ones, as they were not left over. I wound up making a second small batch just so there would be leftover pancakes.
But that was nothing compared to this little bit of irony. My daughter made a pinwheel Monday at nursery school to commemorate International Peace Day. The head of school sent us a note saying “Please talk with your children this evening about ways that they can be peaceful in your family lives at home also.” I had the pinwheel sitting as the centerpiece on the breakfast table. But then my 8-year-old got angry with my 5-year-old about something and threw the pinwheel at him. It came apart. Yes, the International Peace Day pinwheel was used as a weapon. We could ponder what this means about the human condition. Or just get a laugh out of it — often the best approach to parenthood.
Photo: We’re consuming apples for breakfast, lunch, and dinner these days.