According to Sophia

Dear Sophia,

I’ve had the pleasure of spending a lot of time with you over the last few days because you have pneumonia. The only thing cool about having pneumonia is the look of shock people give you when you tell them.  However, the shock is minimal as this is a common diagnosis these days.  Those bugs are getting stronger… But forget about the bugs, you just need to get stronger.

You’ve been spending your days doing these three things: staring, drawing in your journal, and sleeping. You made the unfortunate, though honourable, commitment to give up TV for lent.  Now that you find yourself with an ideal excuse to zone out in front of the boob tube (I only said that because it would make you giggle), you remain faithful to your promise.  No TV till Easter.

I’ve even tried to find loopholes for you.”Would you like me to put in a video?  That doesn’t count does it?”

“Don’t tempt me, Mommy!”

And then you take the angel wings off, when all that staring and sleeping gets you down, and you wonder out loud if it would be OK if it you just looked up a show on the computer?  “No!” you stop yourself, “never mind.”

Obviously, you’re doing some thinking while staring because every once in a while you come out with a very deep thought like, “If Beyonce tells her boyfriend, ‘don’t you ever for a second get to thinkin’ you’re irreplaceable,’ she probably shouldn’t be with him.  You should probably only date someone you think is irreplaceable.”  That’s heart-melting contemplation right there.

I remember when you were younger and you’d come up with the things you’d been thinking about, like “What happens when robots eat glass?”  Maybe not as sophisticated, but still deep thoughts for a young one.  Here’s the thing, I didn’t even KNOW robots ate glass!  You’re smart too!

Your name actually means Wisdom.  That was a pleasant surprise when we found out after you were born and named and registered with a Social Insurance Number.  I’m so glad we didn’t find out it meant “ill-fated,” like Desdemona, or “broken-hearted” like Dierdre. (I apologize to all Desdemonas and Dierdres.  Thankfully there’s always the “alternate meaning” option.)

When you were a toddler, I thought that maybe you were given this name because God knew it was what you needed to hear the most.  I was a little worried about your choices in years 2-6.  Those were the years that found you often in the waiting room of the urgent care clinic.  Not because you had pneumonia, but because you’d decided to run down a slide, jump off a high wall, race into traffic.  Oh Lord, this child is going to need Wisdom, I’d pray.

But as you started to develop your mind, I saw that you had it – and a good amount of it.  I also realized that we get the privilege of giving you that blessing every day, every time we speak your name.  Even your nickname, Fifi, also accidental and simply a product of who you are, means God increase.  So every time we call you by name or nickname we actually ask God to increase your wisdom.   My opinion on this is that it matters what we name our children, even if your father and I had no idea at the time.

But you’re not always full of profound thoughts.  You’re a ton of fun too.  Usually you’re the first one to engage in a playful activity.  You still love to jump and hop and dance.  Even though you’re a pre-teen, there’s still toddler in you.  This is why it is so hard to see you just lying there.  So I decided to help you become un-bored by asking your thoughts on a some things, just for the heckuvit.

Here’s what you said:

  • On Joseph Kony. I don’t really know his full story. But by the sounds of things, it seems like he should be executed.  If he makes other people kill other people, then he’s murdering.  But does that mean if he‘s executed the one who executed him is also murdering?
  • On Lucky Charms. They’re way too sugary, but that would never stop me from eating them.
  • On dating. Some people date too young, like that are my age and even younger!  It’s not like they’re going to get married or anything.  People do it just to seem like they’re cool, but they don’t seem like they’re cool at all.
  • On piano lessons. I feel that I shouldn’t quit, even though I get frustrated sometimes, because you guys pay a lot of money.  If I quit it would be a waste of money for all that time I’ve been doing piano lessons so far.  I do want to play piano, but sometimes I think I want to  quit just because I get frustrated.  That reason isn’t good enough.  When I hear Daddy playing it makes me want to play.
  • On her favourite colour, blue. It seems refreshing and happy.
  • On how not be bored when you can’t watch TV.  My favourite thing to do is colour and draw because it inspires me.  I get really excited about making art.  I don’t know how to explain it.
  • On what you want to be when you grow up. Fashion Designer, because it’s fun for me, like what I do in my fashion books. You get to use your imagination and it can be YOUR creation that someone is wearing.
  • On Mallory. I love her so bad.  Sometimes she bugs me, but it’s what a big sister does.
  • On Jesus. Everybody should know him and the love that he gives.
  • On being 11. I love it. I feel like I can still be an old kid and a young kid.
  • On being frustrated. I get frustrated when I’m overwhelmed with things I need to do and I feel I can’t finish any of it when I need to.  If I have a project, but also piano and homework and chores.  I get frustrated with myself. I feel like someone’s definitely going to be mad at me soon.
  • On what might frustrate others about herself. [long pause] Maybe if say something by accident that could offend somebody? Oh I know! If I get distracted when I need to do one of my jobs and they keep asking me and asking me to do my job.  That’s gotta be frustrating.

And now, Sophia, it’s the end of the day. You need to get your sleep after a long day of… sleep.  The antibiotics are kicking in and I’m looking forward to seeing that light come back in your eyes. We’ll see if we can come up with any un-boring things to do tomorrow.

Good night, Sweetie, and may God increase your Wisdom.

Love, Mommy


10 Random Things You Should Know About Sophia, According to Sophia

1. I like matching my jewellery with the shirt that I’m wearing every day, unless today. I’m sick.

2. I like being warm and cozy.

3. I hate the thought of taking a bath or shower, but once I get in I love it.

4. I love the muppets and I like to draw cartoons of them.

5. I don’t like to walk to school.  I have to wear my snow pants and trudge along, but they keep me warm.

6. I don’t like when our feather pillows, the feather sticks out and I put my face on it.

7. I don’t like it when at night, when we’re driving down a hill and a car is coming up and the lights blind me practically.

8. I like to sleep in, but I like to stay up late.

9. I love Hello Kitty.  I’m not sick of her yet.

10. I like doing my hair when it’s long.  Even though right now I can’t because it’s just plain short.

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54th Grammy Awards – read this post backwards

Conclusion: Besides the Minaj Misfortune, one of the best Grammys EVER. But I say that every year. Shout out to my girls and their insightful comments.  Next year they’ll be able to stay up even later.

11:23 LL Cool J gives us a good night.  Paul McCartney takes us home. Still. Got. It.  Plus I take back what we said about the Boo Fighters.

11:20 Nominations for Album of the Year…  Based on best reaction to announcement of name, award should not go to Adele Atkins… but she redeemed herself with snotty-nosed emotional fank you speech.

11:11 Ms. Atkins won again!  Best New Artist.  “This is ridiculous!” she says, “Fank you!”

11:07 Nikki Minaj = very Rocky Horror Picture Show.  The girl can rap, but awfully irreverent.  Did a psycho choir just since “Oh Come all ye faithful?”  She’s proven that I can still get offended. I’m not even sorry I maybe spelled her name wrong.

11:04  Still find it hard to believe that Drake is (a) Canadian and (b) went to Degrassi High.  Nikki Minaj – is she singing to one of the Beach Boys in a confessional?

10:57 Creepy Mickey Mouse?  Must Google who–what this is?  Feeling old and so are the Foo Fighters, but they won’t admit it.

10:50 Chris Brown was obviously warming up for this performance and he’s finally dressed. Re David Guetta, DJing is a sweet gig.  Boo Fighters are back – not so bad.  Feeling the 90s vibe again.

10:43 Jennifer Hudson sings Whitney.  Beautiful, moving… what Whitney was, and then wasn’t.  More tragic because we all saw it coming.

10:40 I watch most of the In Memoriam clips thinking, Oh THAT’s who sang/wrote that and now I miss them.

10:33 Best New Artist, Bon Iver.  His falsetto won the votes, not his charisma.  “Sweet hookup.”  Glad he mentioned the elephant in the room, his own discomfort.

10:31 Speaking of legends, Tony Bennett, sings with hand in pocket.  He’s that classy.

10:20 Glenn Campbell, feeling his legend, finishes with “and cowgirl…!” How did he think that up?

10:18 Tribute to the Rhinestone Cowboy!   Love it when musicians look like they are having fun when they play and enjoying this whole singing thing. Into the Band Perry and Blake Shelton versions!

10:06  Adele Atkins belting out the song that makes every preteen girl dream big.  Someday they will sing THIS SONG at the Grammys. Rolling in the Deep.  An emotional performance… by Sophia.  Go to bed, Sophia!

10:02 Lady Antebellum wins Best Country Album.  We never recognize the girl singer, she looks different every time.

9:58  The eternal dilemma with awards shows – how late is too late? OK, for real, girls, you have to go to bed.

9:54 Planned technical difficulties?!  How did Katy Perry do that?

9:51 Somewhat happy that Adele Atkins won Song of the Year. Still rooting for Mumford & Sons, but… any song that gets that much airplay on the radio, has to win something.  Had NO IDEA she had a last name.

9:40  Speaking of getting dressed, Taylor Swift is dressed like Grammy at the Grammys.  Get it?  Cute reaction at the end of her song, like she just realized all these people are clapping for lil old me?

9:37  Chris Brown wins best R&B and finally gets dressed.  Somehow it still seems like he’s missing an item of clothing.

9:33 We find Paul McCartney’s vibrato impressive.  We’re wondering why we’re enjoying this song although it isn’t too lively.  Sophia says, It’s because you can feel the passion.

9:31  Mallory asks, Does Stevie Wonder go to every Grammy Awards?  Sophia asks, Is he blind?

9:25 I contemplate sending girls to bed. It’s already 25 minutes past their bedtime.  What’s a few more?  If Daddy were here right now, he would not allow this.  That’s why I’m the favourite.

9:23 Glimpse of Lady Gaga in audience.  Girls worried that if she wins she won’t be able to say her speech.  How will she manipulate her mouth to say t-h-a-n-k–y-o-u?

9:22 Always worried about band reunions.  Hardly ever a good idea.  This time, it was a smart risk.  Not much movement from the original Beach Boys, but their sound is good.  Sophia thinks they look cute together.

9:18  Surprisingly impressed with Maroon 5’s version of Beach Boy’s “Surfer Girl.”  Girls singing along not to make it sound better, just because they like the song.

9:16 “Long live Rock & Roll!” yelled out to LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem.  Ironic, no?

9:14 Foo Fighters win Best Rock Performance.  Sophia says “Boo Fighters.”  We were rooting for Mumford & Sons.  This is not unbiased reporting.

9:02 Coldplay’s Graffiti – Sophia’s favourite art form.  Mallory feels she has to sing along with Chris Martin to make it sound better.  Sophia feels the only explanation is that he’s either sick or it’s his evil twin.

8:58 Mallory on Rihanna, “I thought her hair was normally bright red.” Sophia is disturbed by the dancing.

8:51 Sophia on Foo Fighters performance, “I’m glad THAT’s over with.”  We put up with it like we put up with the commercials, except the commercials are more interesting.

8:40 Girls trying to figure out who Kelly Clarkson is.

8:38 Best Rap Performance goes to Jay-Z and Kanye West.  Mallory thinks that if you win an award and aren’t there to collect it, it should go to the next person.  It’s only fair.

8:29 Chris Brown looks like he got dressed for rehearsal, not performance.  His rubber band legs are mesmerizing.

We started a little late – had to get PJ’s on and teeth brushed first for quick entry into bed on my say-so. The girls and I are trying out our own version of live blogging.