I had my two grandsons overnight, we went out to look at the Dec.
13, 2014 Geminid Meteor Showers at 9 p.m. and were a little unsure
of whether we were looking in the correct direction. The meteor
showers were located behind the Gemini constellation, (the “twins”).
We saw more brightness there, but since we were relying on our
own eyesight, we were not able to see the radiating yellow flashes.
It is always fun to walk over to Ohio Wesleyan campus and go to the
center of the circle of the original buildings made of blue limestone
from Delaware’s old quarry.
We came home and put our pajamas on to play ‘flashlight’ Hide
‘n Seek. I have a few ‘tricks’ up my sleeve, while the two boys hide
in the bathroom to “Count to 20.” I am getting rather good at
figuring ways to make myself small to hide under things and
behind them, too.
They walked right past me, flashing their lights at the bed, while
not looking behind the door. Another time, I rearranged the toy
chest location, making myself hidden by covering up with a soft
blanket behind an upholstered chair. Their vision played tricks
on them, thinking no one was there, the toy chest blocking me
The boys favorite surprise hiding place was in the kitchen, a
narrow ‘closet’ where I keep my small upright vacuum cleaner.
Skyler quickly hid this item in my front closet under some coats.
Micah stood in the back flattening himself, then Sky closed the
door, using the edge of my Christmas apron that hangs on the
doorknob to this narrow closet to pull it closed from the inside.
I actually have never found both of them in there together, so I
circled my one bedroom apartment a few times. I was puzzled
and one of our ‘last resorts’ is to ask for a vocalized response,
“Are you still here?” I heard the muffled voice of Sky, saying,
Their other favorite ‘team hiding place’ is my bedroom closet
where there is a small dresser on either side of the closet. They
shut the door on either end, climbing up on each respective
dresser. One hides behind my clothes while the other one hides
behind the wedding dress, flower girl and bridesmaids’ dresses.
I guess by the time my oldest daughter has decided to marry,
the dresses will need to be pressed or steamed…
The kids giggle while they hide in ‘plain sight’ under blankets,
since it is a silly companionship moment, where I say such things
as, “Who in the world would ever just hide in a blanket in the
middle of a room, don’t they worry their old Nana will step on
them? Is this short body, Skyler, all drawn up into
himself or my little Micah?”
If you look in the area of the Gemini constellation, you may
have one more night of sightings of the yellow, golden flashes.
Good luck and hope you have binoculars! I hope you get a
chance to see this and let me know about this beautiful
In 1989, a few series of quirky, wacky and fun shows were
initiated. One ended up lasting 25 years, one introduced us
to a strange pre-teenager who wore pants that showed his
socks or ankles, (we used to call these pants, “high water,”)
and another helped us to believe in geniuses who could
carry out a professional job. There is one in the bunch which
was all about ‘everyday’ and discussion about ‘nothing.’
These shows came on the television screen 25 years ago:
1. “The Simpsons” was a show I watched with my children.
I supervised this show, which over all had a “Dennis the Menace”
message. Where lessons of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ choices were actually
shown but in such a way, there are a vast number of people who
despised the show and others who watched this one for famous
people caricatured but voicing their own character. There is a
PG-13 video game where it is not a positive force for children,
where points may be earned by being ‘bad.’
The thing is, my son pointed out, it is like acting out their
thoughts of disliking other kids, usually the ‘bullies.’ I do
not judge this show, since I have laughed out loud and have
enjoyed famous guests on it. Nor would I say I was a ‘perfect’
parent, since I knowingly let my son and his best friend go
to the multi-plex with other babysitting kids and they went
to the next theater to watch Will Smith and Martin Lawrence
in a rated R movie. They were probably 14 and 12, at the time.
I did clear this with the other boy’s parents, and Mick was also
allowed to sneak into “Bad Boys.” They later, when it came out,
were allowed to see, “Bad Boys 2” but this was in 2003, so Jamie
was 22 and Mick was 20. The way I look at it, ‘you pick your
battles in parenting.’
2. “Seinfeld” came out in 1989 to much success, it lasted quite some
time with its simple plots but complicated characters. I liked the
main characters, while sometimes I did not always appreciate
the way some ‘bad’ habits carried on throughout the series, no
real signs of ‘growth and development.’ Many special episodes
are memorable, ones with parents involved, dating and parties,
the Chinese restaurant waiting in line, the shopping multiple
level parking lot and the final episode in jail. While I liked
Julia Louis-Dreyfuss in this show, I completely enjoyed the
one where she was in her own show, “The New Old Christine
Show.” It was hilarious, since she had a funny brother, a coworker
and partner in running the gym, where you never saw her or
Wanda Syke’s using the gym equipment.
3. “Family Matters” was a family show where we actually would
schedule our bedtime routine around, baths and snacks before
watching it, then reading a book before going to sleep. Carrie
was 9, Jamie was 7 and Felicia was 4 years old. It was one of our
favorite shows. There were times we would discuss the character,
Urkel’s ineptness, clumsiness and not fitting into school, too. It
had heartfelt acceptance at the core of this show.
4. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” had mostly ‘accidental’ laughs,
ones where some family member was videotaping another, a pratfall
or something would occur, the inevitable guffaws would follow. My
own children liked to play their own ‘home version’ where they would
get the babysitting kids to create a scripted sequence, while I was
doing laundry or cooking lunch, on a snow day. They would invited me
to be their ‘guest’ and witness the carefully planned ‘accidents.’ It is
one of my fondest memories of my children, so I am thankful for this
5. “Doogie Howser Show” had a young professional physician, where the
ensemble cast helped to create this amusing show. It was one where
there were problems, time spent solving them and sometimes a few
tears shed when challenges got the best of the patient or doctor. Would
you trust someone so young? I may believe he would be more current
than an older doctor, but this was a constant question in clients’ minds.
I still enjoy Neil Patrick Harris, wherever he performs, in a show or as
a host. He is quite witty and never unkind in his comments. I feel he
‘radiates’ a child-like and friendly ‘boy next door’ quality.
6. “Cops” started in 1989 and I have never watched this. I feel the plot
of real life is definitely a good source of ‘stranger than fiction’ stories.
This quintet is a ‘mixed bag,’ with my favorite one being “Family Matters.”
I did not list the actors and actresses in this, since my grandson is now
finished with an hour of playing games with “SpongeBob Square Pants”
and checking out the Columbus Zoo website. He felt the baby bonobo
was “so cute” and the stingrays in the reef photographs were “scary”
and “interesting.” He told me he would like to go home and play video
games with Skyler, now. Micah allowed me to type out this post, but
it is being published:
P.S. Micah is watching me type out his name and wishes me to tell
you the movie we watched was about Dinosaurs that Walked the
Earth and was “really, really good!” He said the best part of the
movie was when the main character, Satchi, saves his brother.