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15 October 2008 @ 07:07 pm
My Two Daughters  
I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "Halfshell, have you gone totally senile? Because I happen to know that you have one daughter and one son."

And you'd be right. For years, though, the rest of the world disagreed…

Picspam and Humorous Anecdotes below the cutCollapse )


 
 
 
jeyhawkjeyhawk on October 16th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
*giggles*

He does look like a Harry Potter, doesn't he? :0D Also, Sam hair for the win. :0)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on October 16th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
Also, Sam hair for the win. :0)

It's crazy-hair! But I like it very much on Sam (as long as bangs are involved), and I like it on Christopher too. ;)
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on October 16th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
I agree with you. I think all kids look like kids. You can't tell a child's gender from looking at them. All kids are small featured and fine boned.

Though everyone used think my bro was a lassie because he had hair like Shirley Temple. Which was his nick for a very long time.

I miss TtTE.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on October 16th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
You can't tell a child's gender from looking at them. All kids are small featured and fine boned.
Exactly-- they could be anything! Why assume?

When we visit Eugene, in particular, there are any number of young boys with hair down past their shoulders. But they don't dress like girls, and it's not uncommon up there-- I doubt much of anybody (except perhaps old people and little kids--wait--D'OH!) would mistake them for girls.

Though everyone used think my bro was a lassie because he had hair like Shirley Temple. Which was his nick for a very long time.
Oh, heavens. Though I had hair like Shirley Temple too (and so did my father!), which is probably where Christopher gets it.

I miss TtTE.
Me too. I used to love building the train sets with Christopher (generic wooden track, Thomas-based trains), and I always liked the clothing. The TV show, though... I personally found the trains and their big googly eyes kind of creepy. But little kids don't seem to notice that. :0
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on October 17th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
We had the plastic track and the metal Hornby engines. We got him every single thing we could get, duvet covers and bags and curtains. Glove and hat sets. Slippers. Railway museums with working tracks and all the videos.

Though we have Thomas and Friends rather than Shining Time. I loved their wee faces and their mischieviousness. He loved that he had the same name as one of the Narrow Gauge engines, though later that engine was Peter Sam. With his famous funnel.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on October 17th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
Did you ever read the stories that all of that sprang from?

My S-I-L gave Christopher the giant "Thomas" Anthology one year for Christmas, and it's full of the original stories about all the engines and the Island of Sodor.

What's funny, too, is that reading it as an adult you can see the engines being all sassy and show-offy with each other, and getting put in "time out" (in the engine shed) and other similar punishments. You've almost got the toddler engines and the pre-school engines, and they all get into slightly different kinds of trouble. ;)

I think Christopher has Peter Sam, the only engine with two first names! Also Thomas, Gordon, Henry, Lady, Peter, Annabel and Clara, Duck the Diesel, Rickety and other Troublesome Trucks, and a few others I can't remember. And "Saratops," which is an unrelated engine with a Triceratops head who is the same gauge as the Thomas engines on the bottom but cannot fit through their tunnels because her head's too big! She has to run on her own private track.
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on October 17th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
We've books and audio tapes. And Ivo Hugh has two first names as well!

My favourite truck was D.Fusit, who transported the dynamite to the quarry.

And I still giggle when Bulstrode got his hull smashed by some Trucks and one of the engines. I think it might have been Percy.

Saratops has her own branchline
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 17th, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)
My favourite truck was D.Fusit
What an excellent name! I must admit, Ivo Hugh (should be Ifo Huw, if the author were paying attention) speaks to my Welsh side, too. :D

Saratops has her own branchline
There's a whole line of dinosaur-type trains and other things, but mainly I got her because I couldn't resist. Even if she doesn't really go with the Thomas set, at least she's of a matching gauge.

I don't think I ever bought any of the Brio things, though. Same gauge, but... they're just not fun the way the Thomas ones are. ;)
cutedevil666cutedevil666 on October 17th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
Your kids are SO CUTE!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on October 17th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
:D Thank you!

I tell you, this doesn't even being to touch on the loony stuff they get up to. Except maybe those dress-up photos. :0
etherealflaimetherealflaim on October 18th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
ROFL. I agree with the first poster about the Sam-hair.

And I hope your son never remembers any of this. He'll be mortified. Maybe how I am every time I see pictures of myself when I had this hideous bowl-cut. He really never noticed that people kept thinking he was a girl? Man, kids are great like that. They pick up on the things you intentionally hide from them, of course, but anything else just kinda goes whizzing past them.

~EF
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on October 18th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
Maybe how I am every time I see pictures of myself when I had this hideous bowl-cut.
Actually, right now he sees pictures of himself as a little person or baby and says, "Awwwww..." He likes babies and little people, and I guess that just looks like some other cute baby to him. ;)

He really never noticed that people kept thinking he was a girl?
It's funny-- he can hear you talking about some random thing from the next room, and he'll chime in with a comment, but a lot of conversation that has to do with him in particular (as in, "Christopher, stop that!") he does not hear at all. ;)

See the mini-Sam in the icon here? That's exactly what Christopher looked like from that angle at age 3-4, which is partly why I love this icon so much. :)
thelimpshrimpthelimpshrimp on October 22nd, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
Beautiful kids!

But I have to say, most of those pictures, I would have thought the same, especially the earlier ones. :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on October 22nd, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
Thank you!

But I have to say, most of those pictures, I would have thought the same, especially the earlier ones. :D
But would you have been line-in-the-sand positive? I mean, there've been times where I'm in doubt about a baby/child's gender. But I waffle around it. Or, does there appear to be no doubt? :0
thelimpshrimpthelimpshrimp on October 22nd, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)
Mmmmm, well, I'm the kind of person that would ask, if in doubt, but I might make the assumption without it just ever occurring it might be otherwise. Especially in a passing sort of encounter, where you're not really thinking about it, just reacting.

A incident of this sort happened to me recently; there was a younger kid that was staying at my place of work, and I assumed off the bat he was a girl - longer hair, short for his age (eleven) and with the name Tyler. Now the name should have been a clue, perhaps, but I've heard it as a girl's name, so I didn't realize my mistake until several days later when his friend referred to him as "dude".
His dress - jeans, overlong tee and sneakers, perhaps should've also clued me in, but in today's world of unisex dressing, naming, and hair styles, it can be pretty much a guessing game as to children's gender.
Safer to ask, I guess, tho a tactful way of phrasing might not always be apparent.