New Orleans

You know what Dr. Phil always says: That the same sex parent is the most powerful role model in a child’s life. That’s one of the things I like about Dr. Phil—his astute grasp of the obvious. But it never hurts to be reminded of these things. In our house, Herbie is clearly following his dad down the road to potted plant perdition, but Peaches is so much like me it’s uncanny—and that might not be any better. She has become the junior partner in all my guilty pleasures. We love to sit in the dark watching marathons of America’s Most Haunted British Hotels (or whatever they call those ghost shows) on the Travel Channel. We go to trashy movies together. And ice cream parlors. So, yeah, it may be hypocritical for me to be complaining about my husband’s passivity under the circumstances, but at least we females aren’t wholly root bound yet. Not like some people whose name shall remain Howser.

This weekend I took Peaches to a see a movie called Skeleton Key. As I mentioned, we like that ghosty stuff, and this movie was adequately spooky without being bloody. And it’s hard to go wrong with Kate Hudson. Other than that, the movie didn’t have a whole lot going for it, but I mention it because it was set in Louisiana, largely in New Orleans. It was full of swamps, Spanish moss, and Hoodoo—all the atmosphere you could ever want. I hope New Orleans isn’t gone forever.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. OldHorsetailSnake
    Sep 01, 2005 @ 05:53:00

    Peaches and Cream, living the nightmare… Hah.


  2. surly girl
    Sep 02, 2005 @ 01:09:00

    me and small person go to the pictures together – it's a girl thing. we buy popcorn, diet coke and maltesers and i'm not allowed to tell her she's had enough.she hasn't been sick yet, but it's only a matter of time…..


  3. Danger Panda
    Sep 02, 2005 @ 09:27:00

    SG — I had the idea your small person is still quite young. If so, movies will get even better. The only reason I leave my 7-year-old son out of some of these field trips is that, the last time I took him to a movie, I escorted him to the restroom SIX times! Kinda breaks up the plot, if you see what I mean.


  4. Jona
    Sep 02, 2005 @ 15:08:00

    Hi Amanda, Thanks for visiting my blog! I've been reading yours, and love your writing. Sorry to hear Howser is a ficus tree, but I guess it's better than a creeping vine (?) BTW what are you feeding Howser? My plants never look that good!I'll be back :o)


  5. Danger Panda
    Sep 02, 2005 @ 17:32:00

    Howser feeds himself–and how! That's one of the few differences between Howser and a more traditional ficus tree. Feeding is not an issue.


  6. surly girl
    Sep 04, 2005 @ 09:28:00

    small person is at the wonderful age of five…..bless her heart. she's fabulous – and that's the thing i have to bear in mind when i wonder why on earth i married the ex….


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