Divine Hammer


My friends Bill and Dan* went away this past weekend leaving their two children Autumn(6) and Blake (3) in my care. They hadn’t ever been away from their kids, except for leaving Autumn with her aunt when Blake was born. Both kids were perfect all weekend, and I have to give it to Bill and Dan, all signs point to the fact that they are doing a fantastic job as parents.  The kids always go right to bed without a fuss, and sleep all through the night. They are sweet, kind and happy.  Each time I picked them up from school they RAN to me, calling out “MEGAN!” excitedly as if I were Santa Claus, or the Tooth Fairy, when I  actually resemble a Wicked Step-mother much more closely.  I am a stickler for rules and regulations, and kind of rule with an iron-fist, as far as kids are concerned.  I’d rather be thought of as strict, and surprise them with “lenience”, then be someone who lets everything slide and try to shore up shaky foundations later. But, I have to say, Autumn and Blake barely require any intervention during their play, they are really suitable playmates. Their problems were few, limited to Blake grabbing a few things from his older sibling.  He spent one evening using a hanger from a Madeline doll playset as a hammer.  I thought this song was a fitting tribute.

*Names changed to protect the innocent

“Bag Of Hammers”


About megstar73

I'm a 37 year old living in the East Bay near San Pablo Bay. I have worked as a Gallery Assistant at a small community college and am a medical assistant who has trained as a phlebotomist. I need to find time in my busy schedule as the mother of a very active toddler to study and get my phlebotomist's license. Interests include cheese, exotic beverages (not the alcoholic kind), ethnic food, improving my culinary skills, bacon, reading, music of all genres and combining all of the above together with friends! Last but not least, I love being the mother of a beautiful, sweet darling little girl. How lucky am I?

2 responses »

  1. i’m imagining the three year old being…manageable?

    wow. esme’s almost three. and she’s…she’s. not.

    their parents must own some magic.

  2. Crazy, huh? Yeah, he’s pretty darn good, and only crazy making some of the time, i was completely amazed. But, maybe it has to do with the fact that i have cared for them ever since the little one was 1 week old? That we have a history, and that’s why things went so smoothly? But I don’t think so, I’m putting it down to the parenting. Also, Dan is a Zen monk, maybe that has a tiny bit of influence, ya think?

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