this may be the most disturbing (and hilarious) thing you’ve seen all week. and no, it’s not the Sarah Palin being protected from witchcraft video, although that one was both disturbing and hilarious (and who says i don’t talk about politics? hmm?)
no, this one came in our search to find videos of anteaters eating ants. my animal obsessed daughter was asking for some.
awesome. she – and we – got way more than we bargained for. and while the husband and i were glued to the video, much like we’ve been glued to Six Feet Under – we finished season 3, y’all, Isabella quickly lost interest. “where are the ANTS?!?!? i don’t see any ANTS!” “and when are we going to see the whales?” “i want to put my finger in its mouth!!!”
what? where did this child come from?
i took Miss Emily out for dinner last night. Just the two of us. it was easily one of the nicest times i can remember. we sat out on the patio of the restaurant of her choice. we talked about school, about her teachers, about her friends, about anything and everything.
She was feeling bummed because i was supposed to take her to meet with this talent agent. It didn’t work out because i didn’t have a babysitter and there was no way i was taking all three of my kids all the way downtown on the subway for this. (plus, i’m scared of potential subway farters now...) yes, yes. i did say talent agent. and yes, i realize that many of you have strong opinions about this. i’m not looking for judgment here today folks.
Emily was approached to model for print work when she was about six months old, and did it for several years. and LOVED every minute of it. she is a total natural in front of the camera. did everything she was told. impressed the pants off of many a photographer. and simply had a blast. (also? made more money an hour than i EVER could dream of). she was in Sears fliers and on Wal-Mart billboards and in Ganz toy magazines. We went to the shoots we could, and didn’t go to the ones we couldn’t.
and then we stopped. because even though it was ALL the child, at 4, talked about, i wanted her to enjoy other things. i wanted her to swim, and dance, and take gymnastics. i wanted her to explore other arenas. (also? i’ll be honest. i wanted to stop shlepping around the city with my three children. remember? subway? haha. plus, newborn baby!) and yet, she always seemed to gravitate towards the camera. the acting. the school play.
but, it’s not always all Jonbenet Ramsay, folks. it’s just not. Sometimes it’s just about letting your child do something she loves and something she’s good at.