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January 05, 2005

It's quiet. Too quiet.

Why? There's no kids here right now. I would like to thank the taxpayers of Quebec for subsidizing the friendly, 'organic', and 'natural' day-care that has agreed to look after Max and Talia for two days every week. (And since the rest of Canada subsidizes Quebec, I guess I should thank all Canadian taxpayers. Thanks. I really appreciate it.) It costs me 15 Canadian pesos a day (each) to warehouse the kids there each day. Normally, the standard subsidized price is C$7 in Quebec, but apparently it's legal to tack on some extra fees for extra services -- in this case, organic food (groan...) and 'educational activities'. Whatever. I'm not complaining; the few remaining wisps of my sanity are worth the price.

Now that I have no little people grabbing my legs or fighting about toys in my presence, I have some time to describe what they're like these days. Flipping a new picture up every now and then is nice, but it doesn't tell the whole story.

They're pretty funny little people. They're developing real imaginations and putting things together in their heads -- though not always accurately. Here's a picture from a game they made up recently:

They take all the chairs in the dining room and line them up to make: a train! Then they climb aboard and make their train noises. Woo-woo! Ch-ch-ch-ch! They work together to do this and receive no encouragement from any adult. They also climb under their high chairs and pretend they're in a car. (Beep beep! Brrrooomm!) When I ask them where they're going, it's always, "Oma". They have other games that we can't figure out, like the Dup Dup game. In this game they follow each other around with a funny walk (for example, Talia slowly nodding her head while taking big steps as Max does a quick-paced, high-stepping jog) saying, "Dup-dup! Dup-dup!"

Their mobility is incredible. They can push a chair into the kitchen, climb up it, and be fiddling with the dangerous items on the counter in no time. Max has deciphered the mystery of the door knob (Talia could have too -- if she could reach them) and is always looking for new places to get into.

They talk a lot to each other. When they wake up in the morning, they don't cry like they used to but instead have a chat with each other. It's not loud enough for me to understand them, but there's lots of giggling. Max doesn't talk as much as Talia, and is not quite making sentences yet. But Talia has quite the vocabulary and is quite a chatterbox. Max has just begun to say his own name, which is odd, because Talia's name was one of her first words. Talia still calls Max 'Taxi' and can't be convinced otherwise. We were looking at a picture book yesterday and pointed at a car and called it a 'Taxi'. She pointed at it and said, "Taxi's car" and looked at Max. I said no, this is a taxi and this is Max. She looked at me like I was stupid, and pointed at Max and said, "dat's Taxi!"

I could write for a few hours on all the funny things they do now, but I have to run out and pick them up. I'll leave with a couple of photos of Max being a good boy and eating his vegetables.

Posted by Bruce Gottfred at January 5, 2005 02:39 PM | TrackBack

I'm not sure why, but I love this entry.

Posted by: alexa at January 5, 2005 04:44 PM

So.. *giggles*... where is "Oma"? Can we find it on any map?

Your children are adoreable.

Posted by: Michael at January 6, 2005 02:53 AM

Never take off for a drive to Andrew's house eh? $30 bucks a day for day care...that seems steep to me for some reason, but then my price scale of goods and services has been highly altered....gonna hurt when i move home.

Posted by: Andrew at January 6, 2005 07:32 AM

Oma is Grandma, the only place they really go in a car (until lately). A drive to Andrew's place would take quite a while. And yes, they are adorable.

$15 bucks a day is quite a steal when you consider that they only have 10 kids, two people to look after them and have to serve them food. I believe the subsidy they get is about $30 to $40 per kid. These are people that somehow manage to get 10 kids into snowsuits to play outside -- they deserve their money. (Not that I think the government is the best entity to pay it...)

Posted by: Bruce Gottfred at January 6, 2005 04:11 PM
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