...or am I overtired and somewhat overinvested in the mathematical attainments of seven year olds?
I tell you, there is no feeling even close to the relief you feel when a child starts with the units, smoothly carries a ten over onto the tens side and then adds the tens correctly.
Likewise, there is nothing like the soul-rending despair you feel when a child puts the ten onto the tens side BEFORE EVEN ADDING THE UNITS. It's like a physical pain. Still progress is being made...slowly. The kicking and screaming has died down, and I don't cry as much in class, anymore :)
Also, threeish weeks before the First Communion.
My coping mechanism has been a full fledged spinning into fannishness via The Monkees. Oh my GOD, I cannot begin to tell you how much I LOVE and ADORE this show. Okay, I could, but poor pheobep has already had to bear the brunt of my enthusiasm.
I feel a bit ghoulish, because my original interest was sparked by Davy Jones' passing, but I ordered the DVDs and ohmygosh, THIS SHOW HAS EVERYTHING!! Cute, funny lead characters - zany situations - kidnappings - INSANE ROMPS SET TO MUSIC! - writers who think the answer to everything is 'dress the boys up in goofy, adorable costumes' (THEY ARE NOT WRONG!).
HENCE - a meme! Snurched from rose_of_pollux, but cut to spare non-Monkee fans and the disinterested :)
1) Your favorite character – When I was a kidling, it was Davy, for sure. Mostly, because he was the Monkee I had a handle on. I was always confusing the other three. But now, they all bowl me over with how freaking adorable and funny they are. So – all of the above.
2) Your least favorite character – Don’t have a least favourite Monkee – the show’s like a four piece jigsaw puzzle – take one piece away and it feels like something’s missing.
3) Character You'd Wish There Was More of Davy - just a couple of inches more would’ve done. *drum riff for short joke*. Seriously though, apart from isolated episodes, it’s all four Monkees, all the time. The guest stars were fun and all, but there was no-one I was clamouring to see as part of the main line up.
4) Character You Never Expected to Love As Much as You Do Now. Peter, I guess, because when I was a kid, I completely blanked on him. Like, I vaguely remember Micky and Mike, even if I couldn’t tell them apart – but Peter, I did not remember at all. And then I watched the series & greater than three-d him.
5) Character you’d like to go shopping with. Micky. Because there’s just something about someone who looks at a tablecloth and thinks, ‘Yeah. I can rock that.’ And kind of…does…
6) Character who probably had an interesting childhood. Davy was bequeathed a mansion by some dude he knew when he was a kid. Mike’s got an aunt who looks like she escaped from the Waltons, and holds off people called Black Bart. I’m sure Peter and Micky’s childhood backstories were just as eventful and unconventional, though they were sadly untapped in the episodes.
7) Favorite tense moment. Mike tells Peter he could always play the harp in The Devil and Peter Tork. Which doesn’t sound especially tense, but since Peter inadvertently made a deal with the devil over harp-playing ability, it’s kind of key.
8)Favorite Repeated Character Gag Davy. Is. Short. I just love how everyone, including Davy Jones just went for it with the whole shortness thing. I mean, in Monkees Get Out More Dirt, the bit where April rises to her feet like the birth of Venus while Davy stands awe-stricken beneath her - that's just hilarious. Or in Hillbilly Honeymoon where Davy’s kidnapped, and Micky and Mike look for him in a tiny bag of flour - that cracks me up.
9)Favorite Repeated Character Dramatic Moment. I have a soft spot for Monkee Mother where Millie has a heart to heart with all the boys, but especially Mike, and you can kind of see the reality of being a broke foursome hoping to make it big peeking out from in between the zaniness. Also the episode where Davy’s granddad makes him go home. I kind of love Davy’s granddad for that because we get Monkee-goodbyes!
10)Character you’d become best friends with. I wouldn’t want to become best friends with them – it would disrupt their OT4 groove. Girls of the week I can handle – but I think I’d hate me for wrecking the dynamic. I never heard of an OT5.
chewing gum for the eyes!
- doesn't 'addition with renaming' sound like a good fic title?