The Stand-Off

Sometimes I even surprise myself.

I don’t know that I actually have a parenting “style”. Although I guess I must, everyone has a certain way that they do things, I’ve just never really thought about it. My general policy is “no drama, just an FYI- if A, then B….whatever.” (It should be said that my super calm approach is usually followed up with me thinking “oh crap I hope this works please please please please please please please).

So,the kids and I are up earlier than usual today (a result of the SEVEN teeth that one of us has coming in). I thought it would be nice to catch Good Morning America, I never get to see it. From the minute she got up, Amelia had been saying that she wanted to watch cartoons. I just kept saying “No, we’re watching this”. I got up to get Amelia’s breakfast and when I came back to the living room, the TV had mysteriously been changed to “Curious George” and the remote was gone (ooooh, she’s slick!). As you may guess, a battle of the wills followed.

I told her to change it back, she said No. She asked for her cereal, I said No. I told her that as long as the cartoons were on, she wouldn’t get the post-breakfast donut that she had asked for. I’m big on following through with threats/promises, but I wasn’t in the mood for a fight. I left it like this: as long as cartoons were on, Amelia would get no donut and I would not bring her cereal to her (although she was welcome to get it herself), and if she kept pulling attitude with me, she’d have to do a time-out (I was praying that this wouldn’t happen because I knew that it would be a battle and I just wasn’t in the mood). I didn’t push too much, I just let her think about it. A few minutes later, Amelia produced the remote and switched the TV back to ABC. *Let the angels sing!* She’s also eaten all of her cereal and brought her dishes to the counter. I love it when a plan comes together!

But seriously…..how the hell did I do that?

Nothing But Flowers….

A colleague of mine posted this link via Twitter…. http://tinyurl.com/7j43ey

Basically, because the economy has dipped and people are buying less, many stores are expected to close in 2009. Even chains with solid performance are expected to cut/downsize/adjust. Big box stores are closing (and, after this slow holiday season, will continue to close) and without the large anchor stores, strip malls are getting less traffic. In turn, smaller store in these centers are being forced to close.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want the economy to go to hell. I don’t want people to lose their jobs. However, I must admit, the idea of a few strip malls closing down completely isn’t completely bad.

I live in the middle of chair-store, strip-mall hell. It’s disgusting. In certain places you can’t distinguish Douglasville from any other suburb of Atlanta, or any other suburb in the rest of the country. There’s a part of me that would show up cheering if they decided to bulldoze a couple strips down. Of course, they’d be more likely to let the structures stand abandoned and rot while there was another shopping center constructed down the street. (A girl can dream though, right?)

The whole thing makes me think of the Talking Heads song ‘(Nothing but) Flowers’.

 

While the rest of the world laments the downturn of the economy, I’ll be dreaming of wildflowers…….

“This was a Pizza Hut, now it’s all covered with daisies……”