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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