slightly wonky


Dino-disaster and hands-off
January 11, 2013, 9:37 am
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So, I recently brought my son to a dinosaur exhibit at the Boston World Trade Center.

Total.  Parental.  Hell.

a-dino1

I imagined that there would be oh…50 or so of these large scale dinosaurs to look at.    Great.

There were actually more like 15, which only filled 1/5 of the expo hall space.  What was in the rest of the space, you may ask?  Well…the rest of the space was devoted to:

1. A store where your children could obsess over dinosaur paraphernalia,

2. A dino bouncy house, for which you had to stand in ANOTHER a mile long line to BUY tickets for (because the tickets that you bought to get into it didn’t count), and

3. A dino mini-golf area, where you also needed to stand in the four hour line to BUY more tickets.

It was a total dino-scam.  Do NOT go.  Luckily, my son didn’t want to do the bouncy house or mini golf.  He did want a mini paleontologist kit, though.  I thought it sounded harmless enough…you dig out bones from a block of something.  Cool, right?

a-dig

Oh…SO unbelievably NOT cool.  SO MUCH FILTH.  There was dust EVERYWHERE… thick, reddish plaster dust EVERYWHERE.  There was so much dust that I thought my son and  I would develop black lung and/or a nasty rash.  I am the worst housekeeper ever, but even I was in a filth panic.  Me!  Parents…do NOT buy this gift in the winter.  This is an OUTDOOR gift.  Actually, you may want to just forget it altogether.

DO NOT BUY THIS, EVER.

Yes, my son did work on it from 11:30 am – 3:30pm , with a brief break for lunch…but still.  It was NOT worth it.  I suggest that you be the slacker parent and neither take your kid to the dino-scam exhibit, nor buy this educational toy.

Consider yourself warned.  So there.

I had high hopes of going to see some art this week, but it didn’t happen.  I did install a cabinet door myself, though! Only 17 more to go!  Woo hoo!

Here is a recent concern of mine that I’d like your feedback on:

My son can sometimes be a happy normal kid, and draw stuff like this:

a-aliens

These are aliens, I think.

Or, he can be kind of high strung, and draw things like this (on the other side):

a-hand

(I erased the background scribbles from the other side for clarity)

Do you think that I should be concerned?  Who was this for???  Me?  What was I not supposed to touch?  Wha?  Thoughts?

This drawing, and other instances, sometimes make me feel unwanted.  Example:

a-legoship

This lego ship is apparently using the couch.  I guess I’ll just go sit on the floor with the red plaster dust and be sure not to touch anything. Is he trying to tell me something?

Don’t mind me…I just work here…

Just so that you don’t feel totally gypped from seeing any art, I’ve found this cool artist online:

a-tower

Sagati Keita

Original Drawing of [Expedia City Breaks:Paris], 2012, pen on kentboard, h.42×w.29.7cm., Ogilvy & Mather collection

Kind of crazy, right?  Look at this detail:

a-keito

Sagati Keita

Detail of Original Drawing of [Expedia City Breaks:Paris], 2012, pen on kentboard, h.42×w.29.7cm., Ogilvy & Mather collection

ISN”T THAT SO COOL????  He/she draws these incredible images with tons of doodle-esque characters!  AMAZING!!!  Isn’t that incredible??? Talk about skill.  I would like it more if he/she would not choose these famous images, but instead drew images from his own life.  What do you think?  Comments?  Isn’t he/she SUPER TALENTED?????  Check out the website here.  Also, if anyone can clarify if Sagati is male or female, I’d appreciate it.  (ありがとう)

Wish me luck avoiding the flu epidemic here!!!  I’m going to go now and order a haz-mat suit online.  I hope that I can wear it on top of my snuggie!!!

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You have a creative kid who has the patience to dig out dinosaur bones from the kit. He has good decision making skills as to which areas to investigate at the dino exhibit. He has interesting art and he has the skills to put together legos in large forms. Those long lego forms can be tough to do without them falling apart.
How many parents are out there that would be happy to see their child be so creative. Give him a hug and forgive him the mess. IMHO.

Comment by Annie

Hi, Annie! Yes, I have a WONDERFUL son…so curious…so interested in the world. A lot of what I post on this blog is sort of my neurotic “inner monologue”. I’m sorry if I came across as a horrible mother! From his perspective that day: I took him to a special dinosaur event, he had a great time, I bought him an excavation set, and he got home and dug at it all afternoon. Every time he got a “dinosaur bone” out, he was soooo excited. It was a good day, honestly. (I try to keep my inner drama to myself as much as possible.) I think that if you scroll through my blog, you’ll see how much I love who he is and how amazed I am at what he does. (except when he yells at me because I cut his sandwich the wrong way…) He’s actually a very sensitive kid, so I have to be pretty careful about what I say to him, and how I say it. I really appreciate your comment, and I hope that you still don’t think that I’m an awful parent!

Best,
Elizabeth

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