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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

What Would Monty Python Say?

Remember how I told you about Jiminy Cricket yammering in my ear for five nights straight about wishing upon a star because it makes no difference who you are, and about how if your heart is in your dream, no request is too extreme, yada yada yada?


Well, he didn't come to my window last night. But he did go to my daughter's window.


Remember how I told you that tennis is just like life? And that it teaches you important life lessons, like cheaters sometimes prosper, and dinkers are stinkers and line judges are true?


And remember when my daughter was laying in the car having all those charlie horses and she said Whoever thought of tennis is a genius, because it's just like life. You go up and down. And when you're down you have to fight to get back up. And it's all up to you to win the battle.


I was hoping she would be able to learn about life through tennis instead of learning about life through life, but nope, she's learning about life through life.


Long, emotional story short, someone sabbatogged her and she's been disqualified from the state tennis tournament due to a technicality. We thought we had all our ducks in a row, but we missed a form that nobody knew we were s'pose to fill out. Except anonymous. Anonymous knows everything. And when anonymous speaks, people listen. Especially da man! When anonymous says jump, da man says how high?


In defense of anonymous, usually he's just concerned. A concerned citizen or parent or coach or administrator. I appriciate his/her concern about my daughter's success. It would be a shame to let her gain confidence in herself and faith in people. That's not reality and the sooner she learns this the better.


I appreciate Jiminy Cricket trying to fill her head with Disney platitudes, but anonymous makes a good point. And rules are rules.


But I jest peeps. I jest.


What I meant to say was, whatev! Our bad. Waka Waka! We're over it. Life is too short to NOT be over it. In fact at this very moment I'm pumping my fist to Shakira.


I spent the last 24 hours trying to stick it to da man. He stuck it to me, but to his credit, he did it with exceeding politeness.


Least I tried. I ACTUALLY TRIED! (I cried too, but then I tried. To fight back. Against the system.) Martha and Colleen taught me how to do that. Thanks Martha and Colleen! LY!


You know what's weird? The trying is what got me over it.


My daughter is a ROCK STAR! She took the news like a ROCK STAR! LY daughter o' mine. What a good sport. Her biggest concern was for her innocent partner, who also got disqualified, even though she had all the forms filled out properly.


Toldya life stinks.



J/K, peeps. Life is bee-U-tiful (when it's not busy stinking)).





Okay, so what would Monty Python say? That's what I asked my daughter last night.



"Always look on the bright side?" she said.


"That's right," I said.


"So what's the bright side?" she said.


I thought she'd never ask. The bright side is that her 16th birthday is coming up. And we just so happened to have her gift already wrapped and ready to present to her because I've been DYING to present it to her. Literally ticking-away-the-days-on-the-calendar-DYING. Soooooooooo we threw her a surprise birthday party last night and presented her gift to her.


YAY!


Guess what it is! Guess! Guess! Guess! I'll give you a hint. It involves frequent flyer miles.



That's right! We're sending her back to Hawaii for five days to see her friends.


WOOOHOOOO!



And, and, and she gets to see the Laie temple open house. EEEEEE! (That was a squeal.) And, and, and, the Haunted Lagoon at the PCC. And she'll be there for her best friend's birthday, and the Laie 7th ward fast and testimony meeting, and one of the many many many Hawaii school breaks.


So do you want to see how she reacted?

















Do you think she liked it?



18 comments:

DeNae said...

You can go ahead and forgive Anonymous; I've decided I hate Anonymous's guts. He's so damn brave he won't even reveal who he is? Or she? I have no patience for that. At. All.

Your daughter is darling, all happy about her trip!

And what is up with little brothers and partial nudity? I had to tell Jake last night, "You own a bathrobe. No more parading around in your underwear in front of your sister!"

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

you please explain why my eyes are sweating profusely? That is just like an episode of extreme home makeover.

I am so sorry for T about learning the facts of life at such a young age. But you are right she is a rock star and you can't keep a rock star down. Not in the long run anyways.

Don said...

Ain't it fun giving people happy tears? Way awesome!

Lisa said...

Deb - I love, love, LOVE it! I got teary looking at those pictures - sheer joy!! :)

T said...

awww, my eyes are sweating seeing her reaction!!! Awesome gift!!!

Jensen Ohana said...

I like Anonymous just about as much as I like the "They say" committee. Who are these people but just out to ruin everything!

I love reading you blog, just haven't commented in a LONG time! Sooo glad you are sending Tatum back, maybe we'll see her across the street... Your Ex-neighbor is now my neighbor! :D

Do all your readers know you are te best English and History teacher ever?! yupp!

Just SO said...

That is such a fabulous gift and seeing those pictures made me tear up as well!

Annette Lyon said...

What a great way to turn around a stinky day. Yay for her (and awesome parents who know just what their daughter needs.)

Bee said...

Ahhh I totally cried seeing her reaction! That is so sweet, she's a champ!

Barbaloot said...

Oh-those pictures make me wanna cry! I'm so happy for her and so angry at anonymous.

IWA (e - va) said...

First off, you are the coolest parents EVA! really... I actually started crying just because you guys are so cool!

Love that last pic!

Yay for T, Boo on anonymous!

Guess what???? Now she can be a real guest at KHS! Tell her to go back to school and try to break every rule she can.. she wont of course, but i bet that would be so funny if she did!

Martha said...

Even Lulu is happy!!! You know you will now have to give the same present to the three boys when they turn 16.

For sure we'll play tennis when T gets here, but I'm scared she might be too good for me now. I am getting a little old. Nah, I'm not, I'm the same.

Just wish the rest of you guys were coming too, but we'll wait patiently and plan on next summer.

iMaLLheaRt said...

Yes. I think she liked it.
You guys are so awesome! And boo for anonymous!!

Momza said...

Awesome.
"Timing is everything."~Anonymous

Heather and Kyle said...

Wow! That is so cool for her. When does she head out? Now you can tell her I can make fun of her now. Since she always says something to me about being sun burned!

The Crash Test Dummy said...

Ha ha ha ha Okay, Momza just cracked me up with that quote from Anonymous. hahahahaha That was awesome.

And Martha made me laugh when she said Nah, I'm still the same. hee hee Course you are Martha. Just don't hit my daughter in the chest with your super sonic overhead.

Iwa, you're so dang nice. I just lub you. I thought the same thing about the guest pass. She's a Red Raider guest for life now. HA HA

Thank you everyone for booooing Anonymity.

The Crash Test Dummy said...

Heather. Ha ha. She's going to LUB that sunburn joke. She leaves Oct 28th.

Mariko said...

I tell ya. I wanted to ruin the surprise. It was just too good of a surprise.