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For Whom The Bell No Longer Tolls

The Squirrelly's teeth have extruded or protruded or whatevertruded, so he's feeling a hundred jillion times better* than he was last week, and is once again as delightful to have in your company as a case of Pilsner. And he's already putting the new choppers to use. This morning he became mesmerized by my wedding band, and after struggling to take it off my hand for a few seconds he suddenly bit my finger just below the ring. No harm done, but if his first words are "my preccccious" I think we're going to be concerned.

The teething discomfort must have ended sometime Tuesday night, because Wednesday morning I took The Squirrelly out of his crib, put him on the changing table, and then -- on the spur of the moment, and despite the fact that he hadn't smiled at anything in four days -- put his pants on my head. Unexpectedly, he totally cracked up. I didn't know that 13 month-olds had a good enough grasp of the absurd to recognize that "pants on head = laff riot," but maybe The Squirrelly is an early bloomer in the appreciation of comedic genius. At any rate, the kid has been a fount of grins and giggles ever since.

But there is one bit of bad news here in the Baldwin household. I regret to announce that while the rest of the Laugh & Learn Learning Home works fine, the doorbell -- previously mentioned here -- has gone to the great playroom in the sky. Its demise was sudden, but I'll never forget its final words:

"Ding-dong! Ding-dong! Ding-dong! Ding-dong! Ding-dong! Ding-dong! Ding-                                 "
How true. How true that is.

But grieve not for the Laugh & Learn Learning Home doorbell. It's purpose in this world was to be pushed, and The Squirrely helped it achieve that goal several hundred times per minute. It had a good life, rich in both dings and dongs.

Rest in peace, Laugh & Learn Learning Home doorbell. Now that you're gone, we certainly will.

* Exaggerated for humorous effect.
Posted on April 08, 2005 to The Squirrelly


Oh, wow, the pope really does sounds like Dracula!
And my sincere condolences on the loss of your bell, and perhaps part of the feeling in you finger.

Posted by: Allison on April 8, 2005 11:55 PM

My kid calls rings "precious" (or "preshdiss," rather), steals them from my jewelry box when nobody's looking, then stashes them around the house. You're saying this might be wierd?

"...as delightful to have in your company as a case of Pilsner" is the most sincerely sweet appraisal I've heard of offspring in a long time. You're kid's so cute, it might even be true.

Are you really sad about the bell? Really?

Posted by: holley on April 9, 2005 8:54 AM

I appreciate your taking the time to point out your exageration...

Given your overly literal interpretation of normal events, I could have been really thrown off...

Posted by: Disappearingjohn on April 9, 2005 3:43 PM

Love the title. I actually bought that for my daughter even though I know it will drive me insane. But it will keep her busy, right?

OK, I'm an idiot. I will be writing you in a few weeks and begging you to tell me how you got that doorbell to break.

And dude, by the way, that's MY pope you are talking about. He's from Eastern Europe, alright? How's he supposed to talk? As was Dracula...but so?

and he does sound like Dracula, I fully admit. But in a good way.

Posted by: Miel on April 9, 2005 10:21 PM

*In a Dracula voice*

I vont to get you Communion HA HA HAA

Posted by: Patrick on April 10, 2005 2:50 PM

Funny that the pants on the head bit is so universal. I thought it was just us. I especially like the pajama bottoms on the head as bunny ears, myself. Er, I mean, my daughter liked that. A lot. She's 3 now, and she's doing that crazy stuff (putting her coat on her legs, putting her pants on her arms, etc!), so that we'll say "no, THAT's not RIGHT!" and she can laugh at herself.

Glad the Squirrelly is done with the teething. This time. There will be more. Beware the canine/eye teeth. eeee!

Posted by: steph on April 10, 2005 5:03 PM

Is that really the voice of the pope? I thought he spoke in Polish and had a translator.

It's just that the voice in that clip seems to change to a different one half way through...

Posted by: Richard on April 11, 2005 5:17 AM

You should have known.

Posted by: Elizabeth on April 11, 2005 11:46 AM

Counting, counting, counting is such fun!
Count with me, let's start with number one.
one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten!
__, ___, ____, ___, ____
I would love to count again!

Please tell me you can fill in the blanks. My four year old and I would be so relieved after, oh, about 4 months of repeat listening to figure that one out. The almost-one-year-old is no help either.

Posted by: kato on April 11, 2005 9:27 PM

Kato: "Wasn't that the best?"

Posted by: Matthew on April 12, 2005 7:54 AM

You can tell the Queen, that she's not the first to think so about the Pope. Gilbert Gottfried was doing Dracula-Pope impressions as far back as 2002. See link on my name.

Posted by: DanS on April 12, 2005 9:32 PM

i am an idiot and i am lead by richard simmons

Posted by: idiot on May 7, 2005 10:38 PM

i am an idiot and i am lead by richard simmons

Posted by: idiot on May 8, 2005 6:06 AM