Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year!

Life is wonderful! And we have had such an eventful year. It's hard to remember all the interesting memories of things we've said and done this past year. With my first car accident, rock climbing, becoming a teenager, the cute little puppies I miss so much, Sarah and Mom traveling to Israel, going to camp for the first time, not to forget starting a family blog :D, and all the other adventures we have's been an incredible year. Looking back at all the good times, and amazing new experiences, I am speechless. Wow! God has blessed us with so much this year! He has been so good to us.

I look forward to the exciting adventures, weird moments, new discoveries, great times and rich blessings that God has in store for us in 2007! We wish you all a New Year full of blessings, happiness, and wonderful moments. May the Almighty richly bless you all!

"We don't know what the future holds, but we know Who holds the future."

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Overheard at the Greek's

Sarah: "Something wonderful happened today, but I don't know what it is yet."

David: After watching a movie about Thomas Edison: "I want to be an inventor, but everything has already been invented."

Abigail: "I like black & white. It shows my personality."

Sarah: "I just finished reading this book that I never started."

Stephen: "I'm writing my will for when I die."

Jacob: "I look like a 20-year-old midget."

Sarah: "Andrew's going to ruin my reputation."
Abigail: "If I don't do it first."

David: "Daddy, we should sell our house and live in a tree."
A few minutes later: "Daddy, can I live under the dirt [underground]?"

Stephen: "You want to know what kind of tombstone I want when I die?"

Sarah to Abigail: "You are indecisiveness personified."

Sarah: "This place is so beautiful that it makes me want to lie down and die. Or live forever."

When playing with cars in their room:
Stephen: "Can I please have that bulldozer, David?"
David: "Say sorry first."
Stephen: "Sorry."
David: "What are you sorry for?"
Stephen: "Sorry for calling you a giraffe."
David: "No, that's not it."
Stephen: "Sorry for calling you an elephant."
David: "No."
Stephen: "Sorry for calling you a zebra?"

David: "Daddy, why do they call him 'Saddam Who Sang'? Does he sing alot?"

Sarah: "I so need someone to buy me some flowers. It seems like I haven't seen a flower since spring. I'm suffering from FDD - Flower Deficit Disorder."

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Andrew's Destiny

There are critical moments in every young man's life (or so I have heard) when he must make pivotal decisions regarding his future and the destiny he will take. These decisions, from what I hear, are the ones that could make or break him forever.

Andrew had one of these moments on Sunday.

It happened this way.

Andrew had finally decided to make his debut into cyberspace by doing something that must be done by every American teen who lives in the 21st century: namely, to get an email address.

Now as everyone knows, deciding on an email address is one of the most significant decisions in a person's life. Or at least Andrew seemed to think so.

Andrew's first choice, after a great deal of deliberation, and for whatever reason, was 'agent andrew'. When he got online to complete the formalities, however, he discovered that some evil individual had made this impossible by stealing the name at a time unknown in the past.

After several disparaging remarks on the character of this egregious individual, Andrew tried again, adding various numbers and periods to his chosen combination. Everything he tried had been taken already.

After several successive failures in embellishing 'agent andrew', the agent himself gave up. We had company all afternoon, but, after they had left, Andrew (being the tough guy that he is) once again mounted the stairs to Abigail's room to try again.

He began by evicting myself and Abigail from the laptop and trying all the morning's combinations again, in spite of my wise suggestions to the contrary. He said that he was hoping that the owner of 'agent andrew' had died during the course of the day. I tried to explain that even if that did happen, nothing would change, but Andrew is not known for his pliability, so I had to wait and watch him fail yet again.

Andrew is not known for his perseverance either, so, within a few minutes, I was the reigning monarch of the laptop once again and Andrew was sitting on the floor with his head between his knees, brainstorming on how to combat a computer who continually threw his ideas back at him.

Now at this point, we were all suffering from the lull that homeschoolers traditionally feel after visitors have left. For those of you who are not familiar with this phenomenon, it's a sort of chronic emptiness that occurs when a person realizes that they are alone with their family for the first time in some hours and there's nothing they can do about it. It's something of a combination between loneliness and boredom, an after-company low.

Now one of the symptoms of this disease (from now on known as lonedom) is that sufferers will naturally gravitate toward locations where the most human beings can be found. Therefore, since there were already three people in Abigail's room, Dad, in perfect scientific fashion, soon made his way up the stairs to join us.

After looking over my shoulder to be sure that my behavior on the computer was appropriate (and satisfying himself that my activity of editing photos was innocent enough) , he settled down on the floor, crossed his legs like an Indian, and set himself to solving Andrew's dilemma.

Now, among the laws of nature somewhere, there is an irrevocable law that states that mothers will naturally gravitate toward any place where advice is being given. Therefore, Mom joined us in minutes to express her opinion. The little boys followed her.

At that moment, the brainstorming began.

It was a riot. For those of you who have never heard the Greeks brainstorm, it is a regular circus of ideas and chaos. It's something like playing tennis with a wall. You throw the ball. It bounces back, rejected, and you hit it over again. And again. And again. One day, if you're very lucky, the wall will crack and your ball will sail through the hole to glory.

This doesn't happen very often, but Greeks, while not known for their perseverance, are not exactly thought of as slackers, either. So ideas were hurled at Andrew as though he were a wall.

Dad: "Sarah has a Latin word for her email address. Maybe you could do something Latin."

Mom: "I still like my 'reach for the stars' idea."

Dad: "Sarah? Any suggestions?"

Me: (unable to resist the opportunity to show off) "If he wants Latin, 'ad astra' means 'to the stars' in Latin."

Andrew: "That's kinda cool."

Me: (horrified and regretting my hasty words) "No it isn't! I really like that word, and I think of it as mine. It means alot to me. It doesn't fit you, anyway. You can't have it."

Andrew: "Alright then. Never mind."

Me: (sarcastically) "Wait! Did you just follow a suggestion of mine? Did I hear that right? Andrew! You just followed my advice? Wow. This a first. This is amazing! I'm going to savor this moment forever."

Andrew: groans

Mom: "Your friend David has 'noble youth'. Why don't you do something like that? Something inspirational. Something that demonstrates high standards."

Andrew: "No. That's one of those age-appropriate ones. Just wait a couple years. He'll have to change it to 'noble senior'.I need one that will last me forever."

Family: groans and laughs

Dad: "Andrew, do you realize that your email address does not define you as a person? It's not a big deal."

Andrew: "Yes it does! And it is a big deal. I want an 'agent' email address."

Dad: "Why does it have to have agent in it, again?"

Andrew: "Because agents are cool."

Dad: "Travel agents weren't cool in my day."

Abigail: "Why are we doing this in my room?"

And so it went. On and on and on. The ideas, like balls, bounced back at the throwers and struck them in the face.

There comes a time, I would think (though I do not speak from experience), when a person is trying to crack a wall with a ball, that the person would inevitably tire of throwing tennis balls and begin to try something else.

This happened to the Greeks. When Andrew failed to accept logical ideas, and as the night grew later, logical ideas were naturally replaced with their more illogical counterparts.

"'Awesome Andrew'?"

"That's for a little boy with low self-esteem."

Abigail: "Did no one hear me? Can we please move down to the living room?"

Dad: "Your room is beautiful, Abigail. We all like it here."

Andrew: "No, it's too girly! No wonder I can't think."

The barrage continued.

"'Handy Andy'?"

"That makes it sound like I have a home improvement show on TV."

"Alright then! 'Angry Andrew'?"

"Then people would ask me to sign up for their anger management program."

"You like motorcycles. How about 'motorcycle man'?"

"That's for old hippy men with long beards."

"Abigail has 'my cup overfloweth'. How about 'my stomach overfloweth'?

'Come on! I don't eat that much!"

"'Cookie monster'?"

"I'm not a fat blue monster."

"Why don't you combine a Latin word with something about baseball?"

"Come on!"

Me: (sarcastically) "Of course! I'm trying to remember what Julius Caesar always used to say when it was his turn to bat. Hmmm...."

"You lift weights. How about 'muscle man'?"

"That makes it sound like I take steroids. I don't."

All this time, Andrew was still sitting with his head between his knees, looking for all the world as if he were posing for an anti-depressant commercial. Dad and Mom were also in various comfortable positions on the floor or reclining on Abigail's bed, while the little boys switched back and forth between them. I remained at the computer, diligently editing pictures and laughing at my ridiculous family. Abigail had resigned herself to the fact that no one would be leaving any time soon and was peering over my shoulder.

Mom: "Why do you want an email address anyway?"

Dad: "He wants be able to chat with his sisters on gtalk."

Andrew: "No, that's not the reason. I can go to their rooms to chat with them!"

At this point, Jacob came into the room. He was the only one who had been missing from this family conference.

"I finished all my schoolwork for tomorrow", he announced proudly.

There was a general groan as everyone realized the time they had wasted. Mom escorted the little boys to their bedroom across the hall.

Dad got up from the floor, and Andrew hauled himself out of his lethargy and dragged himself down to his room.

The critical moment of Andrew's existence had ended in indecision.

The next morning - Breaking News - Andrew has FINALLY decided on an email that halfway pleases him! He has also managed to secure it before it could be stolen by a rival. Welcome to cyberspace, Andrew! cheers

Photo complements of Michael Claude.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Once Upon a Midnight Dreary

(A fictional story by Abigail, to be read in a dramatic style)

My Readers,

Listen, I pray, to the tale I have to tell;

Alas and alack, for I am doomed, I have an article to produce, words to write, and a story to enthrall you with. But low and behold, my trouble comes, like a thief in the night. And speaking of which, it is night, and it is quite late indeed. And behold, I type.

Typing you say? Indeed, and on a computer. But then, the trouble, the great trouble, of immense proportion comes to call. And it encircles my mind, and ambushes my thoughts, and disables my capability of producing ideas. Yea, and the trouble, the great trouble has caught up with me and lo, I have been asked to produce a post and alas, I am trapped, disabled, powerless, confused, idealess, clueless, in fact, use the most hopeless word you can find and that is the way I feel.

Alas, for I do not, I cannot create a tale. I ought to intrigue you, and charm you with a drama of the dashing prince who falls in love with the fair maiden, or the adventures of a young man fighting all odds to achieve the goal of his life, or an epic tale of a character who is seeking the treasure above all treasures. But alas........ I have nothing.

Nothing! Nada. Zip. Goose Eggs!

All advisors have long since retired. They are unable of giving me ideas. Unimaginable ideas, strange, unearthly, humorous ideas. Do I lack the capability of giving myself ideas? Oh, woe is me, for I am particular, very particular and cannot decide the perfect story that fits me to a T, or an S, or a Q, or any letter of the readers choice.

I am lost and without hope. I stare at the screen. But lo, there are no words. Nothing to begin with. Nothing to captivate my readers with ...... oh, what shall become of me? My trouble has overtaken me, it has overwhelmed me, and I sink my head upon my desk and I fall into slumber.

Hark! For I start, and I awake from my slumber and recall my assignment, then my trouble, after that my despair, and lastly, my slumber. It is much later then when I began my tale; and I feel the urgent urge to write something, anything, whatever it may be.

Well, dear reader, to end this tale of mine........... I wrote. And behold, you have just witnessed my writings, you have read my tale, and you have seen my trouble. And thus, I end my tale.

Note: The above mentioned occurences did not actually occur, but came at a moment when I was without clue as to the style of writing I should use for the story I was supposed to write and ended up with a whole different tale, thanks to my sister. This type of story, I must add, I am only capable of writing late at night and am quite unable to come up with such strange and depressing creations at different times.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Very Single, Very Alone

There has been yet another development in David's increasing desire for independence. On the heels of his request several days ago for employment at a local carpentry shop came another surprising statement at the end of a busy school day. His teacher, who also happens to be the mother of the child, reports that, when asked to use the word 'very' in a sentence, David simply stated in a somber, lonesome tone of voice:

"I am very single. I am very alone."

For a child that is only six years old, we at The Grecian Inquirer find this statement rather disconcerting. The boy appears to have an obsession that generally only characterizes far older young men.

The boy's near relatives were said to be incredibly amused at the declaration in question, and the child has gotten a good bit of attention as a result of his remarks. He has since been heard wandering the house and mumbling identical statements, much to the wonderment of his doting family, who find the prospect of a six year old that seriously contemplates bachelorhood and marriage an occurrence unprecedented in human experience.

Photo complements of Diana Diaconu.

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