Workers Celebrate 

Ah, so Trump finally stood up for the working classes and eliminated the estate tax! The working stiffs everywhere have breathed a sigh of relief. 

Reading with a Toddler 

Reading a lot while looking after an active toddler is easy. Here is what you need to do:

1. Place books in all rooms or spaces where the toddler might want to go. 

2. Learn to follow several plots or lines of argument simultaneously. 

3. Learn to read in short bursts that last under 1 minute. 

4. Learn to find your place in every one of these books instantly. 

5. Learn to read in a way that doesn’t prevent you from closely observing the toddler. 

And you are done!

That was a joke about it being easy, by the way. 

Soviet Parenting 

N finds it hard to figure out the Llama Llama story books. 

When Mama Llama tells her little son, “I think shopping is boring, too, but at least I’m here with you,” N thought she was guilt-tripping little llama, as in “I made such an effort to be here with you, you little brat, but you don’t even appreciate it.” When I explained that what Mama Llama is saying is that the company of her son makes even boring chores fun, N was stunned. 

In the same story book, Llama Llama throws a tantrum at the grocery store and Mama Llama says, “Llama Llama, that’s enough!” When we first read the book, N was sure that Mama Llama was going to beat or humiliate the boy and was touched to the point of tears when she didn’t. 

In all honesty, I also haven’t been able to find the right intonation to read, “Llama Llama, that’s enough! Please stop fussing, little llama and be patient for your mama.” I can either make it sound to aggressive or like I’m mocking the story. 

By the way, N asked me to write about this. I wouldn’t do it otherwise. 

On the Porch

We had really bad hail earlier in the month, and many roofs are damaged. Now most houses have teams of workers on the roofs. The house in front of us managed to find a rare group of Hispanic workers who are making me very happy by filling the neighborhood with welcome sounds of Spanish speech. 

Klara and I are sitting on the porch and enjoying the summer day. Earlier, we’d gone to the Dollar Tree to get more art supplies. 

Summer is good, especially until May.