Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Nothin' Is Really Wrong

Only in Iowa City do people use barns as places to store their paintings.

Hey, I figured I'd try to be a little more wholesome in this post after yesterday. I guess I am someone's mom after all. I should try to straighten up and fly right every once in a while, right?

Tonight I went to the very last activity of the school year for the girls. Stinky had her band concert and it was very long. I know you'll all be shocked that the percussion kids kept squirreling around and dropping their cymbals, as if the audience might forget what drummers were like in general and needed a refresher. With my ADD, I thought it was hilarious, but as I'm figuring out the older I get, not everyone shares my sense of humor. Whatever. Anyway, I went, I supported Stinky and now I've got a few months before we start all over again.

This long weekend, I got to spend some time with the girls. Since Coadster had her grueling show choir workshop, I didn't see her as much. I did go to the very rough performance for the parents to show us what they learned. Their choreographer, as you would expect, is very much a diva. Coadster loves him, but I think he'd start grating on my nerves in about a half hour of exposure.

Last night, Stinky got sad. I think it's hormones, because I remember Coadster going through that at 13 and 14, but it could be an extra special holiday version of the Sunday sads on Monday. She started crying and couldn't put a finger on why. She was supposed to be at her dad's, but there are times in a girl's life where she just needs her mom. If there's one thing I'm good at, it's being reassuring and helping someone when they're sad. We did a lot of lying around and watching movies and eating cupcakes, while I rubbed her back. That combination of comfort and escapism seems to work every time. She was a million times better after about an hour, but that didn't stop us from spending the rest of the night doing the same damn thing.


evil-e said...

I am feeling a little down today....could I have cupcakes and a back rub too?

The barn is quite the odd place for a gallery to crop up...

Mr Atrocity said...

Everybody needs some cupcakes and a back rub every now and again.

NoRegrets said...

Will you be my second mom??

Minyo said...

Cupcakes and backrubs can be magical! What an awesome fix.

not said...

Do I need an appointment for cupcakes and backrubs? Seems like everyone is getting in line...

nice job, mommy-o

Tara said...

You're awesome.

Hormones are challenging, that crying tends to sneak up on us. Then in the next instant we're laughing our heads off.

I'm glad she felt much better afterwards! Way to go Dr. Mom! :)

DJSassafrass said...

Oh goodness-put me in line for the back rub and comforting too...don't bother with the cupcakes though, I'll bring the beer.

Brando said...

Cupcakes: is there anything they can't do?

Great post, I am taking notes for future reference.

laura b. said...

haha! I like the sound of the diva choreographer....funny.

Man, we all need someone to help us chill when we get those hormone blues! Skinky is darn lucky :-)

Poptart said...

Aw, poor Stinky. I think transitions are hard - from the busy-ness and predictability of the school year to summer isn't always easy, even if we know it'll be great. Summer changes the social scene a little for kids.

Anyway, whose barn and paintings?

booda baby said...

They should give you a Dr. in front of the Churlita for that prescription.

Churlita said...


Not so much in Iowa. There seem to be just as many artists as barns in and around this town.

Mr Atrocity,

I totally agree.


Sure. My girls may have an issue with it, but they'll just have to deal.


It really does some to be a cure-all.


Thanks. I think everyone, no matter what age, could use cupcakes and a good back rub.


Hormones aren't just challenging, they suck. I think it's hard for girls who are just getting used to dealing with them.


Yeah, we tend to trade beer for cupcakes as we get older, don't we?


You guys are having a boy, right? You may not need the miracle cure so much with a boy. Although, I do remember my younger cousin needing the special treatment a few times when he was that age. So, maybe it's not that much different for girls and boys.


As moms, where do we get ours?


You are right on there for Stinky. She had this last time over Christmas break, and she said that she gets sadder in the Summer. She's such a social little thing, that the let-down is particularly tough for her.

Booda Baby,

Thanks. I'm sure we could all use the same Rx, huh?

MrManuel said...

You are a good mom!

Anonymous said...

Jackson Pollack painted in a barn...

Bro-In Law

Tera said...

Shit! I thought I posted a comment here...*Note to self: Do NOT drink and blog...* Yeah right!!!!

You're awesome Churlita...and even awesomer for laughing at the performance...I chuckled myself!

Churlita said...

Mr Manuel,


BRo In-Law,

I forgot about that... And he didn't live Iowa City, even though some of his paintings are here in the museum.


Thanks. I wish you were sitting next to me at some of these things so I had someone to laugh with.

AlienCG said...

I'm not sad or down or anything today, but could I have cupcakes and a back rub?