The Allotment

Me: Come over and put your head in here so I can take a picture.
YA: No.
Me: Come on.  Please.
YA: No.
Me: Why not?
YA: You’ve used up your allotment of silly pictures.
Me: But I only took one at the zoo.
YA: That was your allotment.

So what’s my take-away from this? That my child used the word “allotment” correctly!

What was your last surprise?

25 thoughts on “The Allotment”

  1. Rise and Shine Baboons!

    I have been experiencing the slow, unpleasant surprise of having little and inconstant income over the past 8 months. Both my employers had to change medical billers. The implementation of this has been slow and painful. Now every payday is a painful surprise.

    I hope this resolves soon.

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  2. and…..

    my inlaws planned family holidays for everyone to attend. we stopped going a couple years ago because they were so horrible and cost so much so they moved the holiday to minnesota 2 years ago and it was horrible. this year they popped in and announced they were renting a house on a lake we could enjoy. they were looking in buffalo 45 minutes of our house. i told them buffalo was a horrible place and spent 2 days helping them find a place up north and i was just surprised to discover they cancled that and relocated at the hotel 2 miles form out house and will go to the water park in coon rapids,i am so thankful they are 400 miles away and busy with their own lives,

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  3. Your takeaway from this is that, at some point, kids get tired of being a trained monkey and don’t want to do ‘cutesy’ stuff. I’m about to turn 50 and still trying to convince my mother of this.

    I was surprised at some of the people that got laid off at work.

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  4. This morning I was surprised to learn that at least a few Trump voters follow NPR. Yesterday NPR tweeted out the Declaration of Independence. Some Trumpeteers took issue with the tweets when they got to Jefferson’s words about the “tyrant.” The knee-jerk reaction was that this was a slam at Trump. I hope they are contributors.

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        1. I doubt that any of them experienced humiliation. That would require that they recognize and admit that they had been asses.

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        2. 1. Schadenfreude.

          2. Because they so don’t get anything! And it absurdly explains how we got here–those reactionary twitter voters don’t get the Declaration of Independence, or probably the Constitution. They don’t get how the world works. And someday they aren’t going to understand why their beliefs or their lives or their house of cards collapse and that they had anything to do with it.

          I don’t necessarily think my feelings are correct. But it is how I feel.

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    1. It’s said that writing can relieve us of what we carry inside, but a piece I just wrote makes my heart even heavier.

      I grieve the loss of feeling safe in my own country and protected from wars
      I grieve the loss of pride and hope for my own country
      I grieve the loss of working with other countries to preserve the world we inhabit
      I grieve the loss of the world’s historical confidence and trust in America
      I grieve the loss of of all dignity in the the Office of President
      I grieve the loss of assured access to health care for tens of millions of us
      I grieve the loss of decency, compassion, and caring for all citizens
      I grieve the loss of knowing that my grandchildren will grow up knowing the immorality of men
      I grieve the loss of the balance of power which is democracy’s very foundation
      I grieve the loss of innocence in my belief in basic the goodness of human nature
      I grieve the loss of the America I’ve known and loved all of my life


  5. A surprise for me has been happening this summer. My youngest son with autism is home for the summer until he moves to St. Cloud and starts a different college in the fall. His girlfriend that he met in Brainerd is also living with us for the summer, which is cool.

    I guess my surprise is how much she feels like a daughter to me (I just have 3 boys). Unfortunately, she comes from a long history of family dysfunction — sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, etc. Somehow she has turned into a sweet, caring, compassionate young woman (although she does have challenges: Aspergers, ADHD, anxiety issues). When she does share some of her stories of abuse, I nearly get physically ill at the thought of it and surprised at the depth of my caring and emotional response to this. She loves her family, but when she calls her mother for information or logistical stuff for moving, her mom yells at her for something, blames her for messing up her already dysfunctional relationships and makes Melissa very upset and starts an anxiety attack

    Renee, if you have any insights or help for me on this, I would appreciate it. I really enjoy having her around though. She’s very helpful around the house, very neat, quite organized and a real flair for art and decor.

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  6. Well, one thing to tell yourself is that no matter what happened in the past she is safe now with you and your son, and she survived it, and all you have to do is be yourself, and it is not up to you to fix anything.

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    1. Thank you — yes, she is better off with us. Her parents, step-mothers and step-fathers are all in financially challenging circumstances and don’t have house space, time or love for her. She’s the oldest so she was expected to take care of them, younger siblings and their sad lives.


  7. A friend has moved from her place 17 miles outside Winona into town, just a couple of blocks from here. It’s only the second time in my life that I’ve had a friend live close enough to see as often as I’d like. We are both Winona “boomerang” people who left and returned, so we have kind of a lot in common. Plus she remembers my son Joel from when he was little, so I can talk about him easily. It’s a very nice surprise.

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    1. please feel free to talk more about joel here too bir. it felt like an uncomfortable bit of your personal life when we first met at the russian art museum years ago but i was amazed about how open you were about it. now i look forward to hearing bits and pieces as they come up.

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  8. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the generosity of a couple baboons; I won’t give details because baboons are shy and easily embarrassed, and I don’t want to make them uncomfortable.

    I’m daily surprised by the imagination and creativity of a couple 3-year-olds I know. I’m also surprised by their ability to make incredible messes and to destroy things.

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  9. I have a photo album containing old family pictures from my father’s side of the family. I’ve been surprised that my nieces take an interest in the photos. My younger niece is particularly into family history, but both of them will study the faces and comment. Yesterday we were looking at pictures of my maternal grandmother on her second wedding day, and my older niece said “Boy, Martha does NOT look happy.” Martha being my grandfather’s sister-in-law. I looked at the picture again, and thought, you know, she’s right. Maybe Martha thought my grandmother should have remained a widow after my grandfather died. My grandmother looked quite radiant, though, with her new fella.

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