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Friday, January 26, 2007

The Lydster, Part 34: The Curse of the Purple Dinosaur

I think my in-laws hate me.

First, one set of them bought this singing rabbit and chick for Lydia's last birthday (singing "Easter Goodies" to the tune of Rockin' Robin"), then the spinning, singing snowman doing the Springsteenesque "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", which Lydia played over and over and over...
...and over and over and over...
but now another set of them has provided the Barney DVD, which Lydia is fully entranced by. I don't remember the name of the disc, and I'm too lazy to check it, but it's a game between those smaller characters, Baby Bop and BJ. BJ wants to be a rock 'n' roll star, Miss Muffet only PRETENDS to fear the spider, and blah, blah, blah. Lydia is enthralled, and I am appalled.

Actually, my Barney emnity really predates Lydia. My niece Alex, when she was 3-5, was Barney crazy. I asked my folks what to get her for Christmas, and they said, "Something with Barney". But Alex had Barney bedding, Barney lights, Barney EVERYTHING. What could I get her that she didn't already have? So I declined, and felt some disappointment, not from Alex, but from my parents. Feh.

Anyway, the irony is that Lydia's disc is not tracking correctly, and I may have to get her a replacement copy. Instant karma IS gonna get you.

Lydia's going to have her adenoidectomy in the next week. She's passed her pre-surgery physical. We've gotten her books about the hospital, a doctor's kit that has a stethoscope, thermometer, and whatnot, to try to prepare her. Wish us all the best.

Happy 2 5/6, Lydia! Love from daddy.
Oh, I went here and realized I needed another title. Since Lydia has had earaches, this one seems to fit.
My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
The Very Reverend Roger the Free of Lardle St. Earache
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Anonymous said...

Don't worry, Roger, Lydia will outgrow the purple dinosaur fascination. I think elementary school children dislike Barney to show how grown up they are. (At least that happened in this household.)

Anonymous said...

First, I wish Lydia well in her surgery, and a snap recovery.

Barney was my nemesis as mother too, set the whole thing off.....just have to keep showing her better things...that you pick (and love)..... like Sesame Street, Wiggles, Baby Einsteins, or whatever works after a while. Don't dis him though...that backfires

Take care, p.

Anonymous said...

Hi Roger:

I will pray for Lydia’s speedy recovery. All surgery is scary regardless of the time or type. I had an appendectomy at the age of 6. I can sympathize with her and you.

God Bless

Anonymous said...

Hi Roger,

I'll be saying prayers for Lydia next week. I'm sure it's going to be harder for you and Carol than it will be for her. She's going to be aces!

xox, K

Anonymous said...

May the surgery & recovery go well.

I threw a party the day my niece thought she was too cool for Barney--quickly followed by similar celebrations regarding The Backstreet Boys, etc. Childhood heroes exuent stage left... :)

GayProf said...

First, I wish Lydia a safe time with the doctor. Everything will go fine and she will feel so much better when it is over.

Luckily, I have avoided long term exposure to Barney. My nephew, who is the youngest person I know, lives far from me. Moreover, he never seemed to fall into the purple lump's evil clutches.

Good luck, man -- Doesn't the CIA play Barney songs over and over to break suspects during an interrogation?

Anonymous said...

Hi Roger,

Thanks for the update. I didn't know about Lydia's upcoming surgery. Sounds like a tough decision but she probably will have very little memory of it since she's so young. I had a procedure done when I was 5 years old (requiring anesthesia) and the best part for me was waking up afterwards, seeing my parents and they brought me a tiny little lion stuffed animal as a gift (for courage?). And I had brought my stuffed animal bunny with me and the doctor was really cool and put a band-aid on my bunny. It was very significant for me at the time. So, all worked out. And you guys are doing great by getting her used to the idea with her own stethoscope, etc. I'm sure you'll blog about it and give us an update later.

Take care,


Anonymous said...

Hi Roger--

I hope your dear one does OK. I expect she will:
young and resilient and all that.

I am reading Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma"
at the moment--a fascinating account of the whole food chain in four example meals: McDonald's, Whole Foods, a farmer who uses what appears to use Biodynamic techniques (although I don't recall Pollan using that word), and hunted/gathered by Pollan. I am really enjoying it: I love having philosophy to chew on (sorry about the pun, but there's no better way to say it).

And the rain I hear on the roof now is one of my favorite sounds.


Anonymous said...

hey-- Sorry to hear about the surgery...

I know that I find myself being weepy whenever k goes for minor ear surgery. I think it is just humbling the health of our children is so out of our control.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Give Carol an extra hug for me. What day is the surgery? Imagine Lydia will be out part or all of the week?

Anonymous said...

Good luck to Lydia, and to you and your wife Roger. You are all in my prayers.