K/L/M Inbound/ going to the Gap to buy Leila a swimsuit (for the swim class she hates): I never thought I would be one of those parents who uses lies and bribery to get their kid to do something. Those people are awful, right? Well, throw me in the mix of those people. You see, in addition to baby dolls, popcorn and ELMO, my daughter loves dogs. Our neighborhood is full of gay guys walking their "woofs" and Leila wants to stop and greet each one of them. Usually this is fine, but I was trying to make it to the store before the rain started up, and she refused to go down the steps into the station because there were tons of woofs passing by. I figured I would have to take her down kicking and screaming, which I hate on so many levels. But suddenly, I had an ah-ha! I used my adult-wit to outsmart my toddler and I was quite proud of myself. I told her that I thought there would be lots of woof woofs on the train. In fact, I continued to lie, I think I can hear them! She listened closely and questioned, "woofs?" "Yes! Let's go see!" Knowing this would be a problem when we were actually on the train, I continued the b.s. "There's one... oh he's gone." I felt bad afterwords, but the crisis had been avoided, and thankfully, her memory is limited.
*The picture above is from one of our SF hot days last week. It would be so nice to go to the beach more often. Are you listening mother nature?