Sunday, August 4, 2013

between birthdays and christmas last year, both girls were able to purchase mini ipads for themselves.

this summer i realized just how much they talk to siri, and i've decided that siri is quite possibly an intermediary between jenny lawsoneinstein, and god. of course siri doesn't replace any of them, but i am pretty sure it puts us within about two degrees of separation from at least one of those three.

last night i decided to make a tally of how many questions they asked siri. i stopped counting when jay reached her twenty-ninth question. in a row. thankfully, siri  is patient and has a groovy sense of humor. she's like an updated version of magic eight ball from my childhood, but better.

here were my favorites that were thrown siri's way from our household over the course of about fifteen minutes last night:

{ding ding} siri, how was your day?

{ding ding} siri, what are you going to have for breakfast tomorrow morning?

{ding ding} siri, have you ever caught a whole flock of roly polies? ({ding ding} please repeat your question.)

{ding ding} siri, can you teach me to do a french braid?

{ding ding} siri, have you ever had french bread pizzas?

{ding ding} siri, what is the difference between a hamster and a gerbil?

{ding ding} siri, what kind of toys do hamsters like to play with?

{ding ding} siri, can you teach me how to do a fish tail braid?

{ding ding} siri, do you like fish sticks?

at first i thought about answering the ones i knew and then i realized i was just as entertained by siri's replies as i was by the questions they were rapid-fire asking her.

and the next thing i knew, it was 10:30 on a saturday night. they were working together (with the help of siri, jenny lawson, god, einstein, and you tube). i was completely relaxed as they artfully attempted to give me a fish tail braid using cooperative language like 'next' and 'left' and 'right' and 'pull' and 'switch'. and i could have cared less if i ended up with temporary medusa locks at that point because somewhere after crafts and before bedtime, we all managed to carve out twenty seven minutes of happiness and solitude where everyone was focused on something non-screen related and nobody was upset with anyone else.

tomorrow marks the end of my summer. this was the most relaxed summer we've had in four years. i enjoyed all of the downtime we had. i'm completely familiar with the stigma assigned to teachers about having summers off and i'm also familiar with the data showing how much we would make per hour if you broke down all the work we do throughout the year.

according to the calendar, "three months off during the summer" isn't entirely accurate, but i did manage to kick my feet up a little more during the last two months than i have in summers past. i am going to miss spending my days with cee and jay. i'm going to miss these smiles a lot.

i'm going to miss the nearly-non-stop laughter even more.

here's to another great school year for them and for me. see ya next year, summer!

{ding, ding} peace...

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