Category Archives: Children

Who’s the kid?

So, I’m watching the ATP World Tour Finals on Tennis Channel whenever time zones and my time allows.

And they’re doing those creepy child escorts again for the players as they enter the indoor stadium.

atp tour child escortsI know this is a cultural difference, so I am trying not to judge.

But I think the players look uncomfortable — the kids look uncomfortable, too.

(This child looks a bit like a tween Chucky doll, which is also a bit unnerving.)

Once the players reach their chairs courtside, what are they supposed to do?

Hug the child? Pat them on the head? Ignore them and go about their prep?

All choices look creepy…from my point of view.

Will it go ’round in circles

One of my Twitter buddies mentioned today that, as a kid, he wanted to make a career out of creating the images below.

Recognize them?

spirograph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They’re Spirograph, which was one of my favorite toys as a kid.  (If you haven’t heard of it, well, you’re probably not a Boomer.)

SpirographBoxWe used pen and ink on paper and the special Spirograph tools to create those images — this was years before laptop computers or Photoshop manipulation were common.

 

They were all handmade.

Spirograph-tools_9742Looking at all the discs and circles in the kit, I am itching to play with it again.  It was a lot of fun.

Wonder what became of our Spirograph?

Egg siblings — any ideas?

Something’s rotten

With the world’s attention focused on Ebola — and rightly so — a common fungus is sweeping through our neighborhoods and befalling our jack-o’-lanterns.

And Halloween is over two weeks away!

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We’ve got moldy pumpkins on the streets of the Upper West Side — do you?

These proud symbols of trick-or-treat are being eaten away before the kids have donned their costumes… collected their candy… or tossed their first cookie.

It isn’t right.  In fact, it’s…

GHOULISH

Brain teaser

I have a pop quiz for you today on The Egg:

Can you identify the objects below?

Hint: They are not candy.

(I know — it’s shocking, considering who is asking.)

Place your guess in the comments. The answer and additional information in Wednesday’s Egg!

Uptown girl

When we were young, my sister and I spent many a fun-filled afternoon playing “camping” with our Barbie dolls — and our brother’s GI Joe action figures — in our family’s formal living room.

(Other than Christmas, it was the best use of that room.)

The green carpet was obviously the grassy forest floor. We used Kleenex as sleeping bags. And Dr. Seuss books tilted open were the perfect tents. Plus, GI Joe had a jeep, so there were lots of four wheelin’ and other shenanigans.

Those were simpler times. Barbie wanted simpler things.

Today’s doll?

barbie camping

Embarrassing.

Catty, or not

Unless you have been avoiding social media, you have no doubt heard the shocking revelation from Sanrio that Hello Kitty is, in fact not a kitty:

“Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty.”

hello kittyNow, I could point out the obvious flaws in their argument — six of them to be precise — those very un-little-girl-like whiskers that stick out of Hello Kitty’s face.

How many little girl characters sport whiskers?  If they have a hormonal imbalance, maybe…but that’s not the stuff of your typical cutesy cartoon world.

But instead, let’s focus on the bigger question —

WHY?

Why pick now to drop this bomb?  It has been 40 years since this very pink, very catty property was introduced — why pick now to draw this line in the litter box?

If this distinction mattered that much to Sanrio and to its legion of crazy cat lasses and ladies, they should have made it abundantly clear four decades ago.

Meow.

 

 

Yellow means caution

Have you seen a yellow ribbon on a dog’s leash while out in your neighborhood? It’s not a fashion statement.

It means a whole lot more.

The Yellow Ribbon Project is a quick visual signal that a dog needs a little extra space. It’s for your — and the dog’s — protection.

Read all about it below:

yellow ribbon project
Please be aware and share!