Doing one thing well

I’m fascinated by single-purpose blogs: sites devoted to regularly posting on one REALLY specific aspect of life and culture. Most are all about teh funnay, but a few are more oddly interesting, even touching. Anyway, here’s a list of a few sites that are capturing my attention these days.

Goths in Hot Weather

Autocomplete Me

Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog

Regretsy

Cake Wrecks

Cute Otters

People of Wal-Mart

PostSecret

My Parents Were Awesome

I reject your food barriers

poutine Breakfast vs. dinner. Snack vs. meal. Exotic vs. regular. Child-friendly vs. sophisticated. No more! It’s fat, protein, and carbohydrates, together with vitamins and minerals, combined into a form that makes it TASTY. That’s what’s important. Let’s have lemon ricotta pancakes for dinner, cold chicken and sweet potato chips for breakfast, mixed nuts and fruit for a meal and a little poutine to tide us over. Let’s enjoy the simplicity of ramen and teach kids the joys of fish tacos. Who’s with me?

On the absence of parental wisdom

So I’m not a parent, but I do watch Vaughn pretty often. A minor problem between he and his friends today made me realize something. Vaughn accidentally hurt a neighbor kid (very slight, not even a mark), so Vaughn was simultaneously upset and defensive about it; another kid called her a wimp for crying; and she was crying over both being hurt AND being called a wimp. Trying to make sure she wasn’t bleeding and calm her down AND getting Vaughn to accept responsibility and apologize without staying upset took a couple of minutes. My mind was working furiously trying to find the right words and the right tone.

Maybe it’s because I don’t have kids myself that I found this so difficult, but an amusing and slightly scary thought came to mind. To my friends who are parents and deal with these situations more often, are you . . . are you just making this stuff up as you go along?