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Parenting Imperfect

December 8, 2012

Letting go can be more difficult for me than the kids


I just realized that this will be our first Christmas tree with a puppy in the house. That sound you heard was weeping.

I will be the first to admit that the tree makes me joyful, once it’s done. It’s the getting to done that wears me out.

My husband and the Diva did her annual toy purge, where they sort through the accumulated debris and make way for new stuff. This year’s was bittersweet, frankly. She was ready to let go of two of her formerly favorite stuffed animals. I’m not sure we’re also ready to let them go.

The first to go was Paz, a stuffed penguin. Paz is also a character on the Learning Channel’s morning block of kids’ programming. He and his friends would go on short adventures, which stitched together the longer blocks of shows, like Peep in the Big Wide World and Hi-5.

It wasn’t Paz per se that was hard to let go. Instead, it is hard to let go of the time the Diva and I used to spend curled up on the couch watching these shows.

I miss the simplicity of Hi-5 and the sly humor of Peep. I miss visiting with Brum, which was a British show about a car that must have been cheap to get the rights to. It’s hard to say goodbye to that time.

The Diva has moved on to shows that just seem shrill and bratty to adult ears; I’m lookin’ at you “ANT Farm.” Poor Paz wouldn’t even know what to do with himself in this brave new world.

The Diva is also ready to let go of the Jingle Bug and it’s his — or her, it’s hard to tell with Jingle Bug — loss stings more than I’d expected. 

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