"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to let you in."

-- Robert Frost

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Disappointment ... get used to it.

One upon a time in a little town called Westlake Village, California, there was a young mother of a two year old and three month old, who took her children vigilantly to the local Barnes & Noble for story time.  They were regulars.  However, on one particular morning, they showed up to find a longish line of people streaming through the doors and spilling out onto the sidewalk.

"What's everyone in line for?" she asked a passerby.

"Some author is here to sign her first book.  People always get excited over these things.  You know .. it's California.  Celebrity and all.  Some lady named Rowling.  J.L ... J.M ... J.K ...  not even a real name."

And that mother pushed her double stroller on passed the Barnes & Noble, sorry to have her beloved story time bumped for a stupid book signing and bought a bagel down on the corner as a consolation prize for her disappointed little ones. 

Who are still disappointed in her, all these years later.

But hey, she is nothing if she's not consistent and disappointment is her middle name.

That would be why the law irrevocably decreed in our home that PG-13 means 13, just seems to add insult to injury.

Just think of extending the inevitably ending of an era into November as the consolation prize this time around.  It'll be the best thirteenth birthday ever.  Beats a bagel if you ask me.

And sent from my sister .... Christian, this one's for you.


  1. Oh Marlowe, you make me feel like such a pushover parent. Except that we didn't just give in and let our kids see the movies, we talked about it for a long time and made a decision. But still...Cindy Lynn couldn't see pg13 movies until she was 13 either, and she's never let us forget it!

  2. It's been really hard, Cindy. I think he only accepts it because he knows that we stuck with it for Celia and deep inside it validates him that younger siblings must suffer the same.

    And, I needed them to know that 16 means dating .... not a month or two before. Cars don't get driven without crossing that milestone either. I was afraid there might be a push for corner cutting in so many areas that painful or not, we had to stick.

    He's handling it with gracious acceptance.

    And you are not a pushover! :)

  3. Lol--I guess we just take our stands in different places. (Which is as it should be--don't get me wrong. We all have to figure out the where those places are in our homes.) Cindy Lynn & Jason almost didn't date at all in high school, and Jason made a firm commitment to not have a girl friend before his mission. But he did get to watch PG 13 before he was 13!