tripping the life unbalanced

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

what being three looks like


My daughter. Unabashedly dancing at her birthday party this past weekend. Shaking her booty with not a care in the world, nor a thought towards who might be watching. We should all be so lucky. Posted by Picasa


  • I agree - we should all go back to childhood bliss without embarassment. You go, Alice!

    By Blogger Trista, at 2:30 p.m.  

  • Aw. Happy birthday to her, and tell her to keep on dancing!

    By Blogger chichimama, at 3:15 p.m.  

  • *Doing my best mixing bowl move*

    Go Alice! Go Alice! Go Alice!

    By Blogger Mom Underground, at 10:45 p.m.  

  • I loved watching her! And you still haven't told me where that adorable dress came from. It looked beautiful on her.

    By Blogger Marla, at 9:32 a.m.  

  • Ah, so cute. Mentioned blog, because I love reading it! Also, "competitve" isn't always a negative thing. I don't look at "competitve" parenting as a negative thing. It's more like the time we live in, there are so many things children are offered these days, that we never had growing up. Hello? I remember getting piano lessons once a week and wearing hand-me-downs from my cousin, and now The Dictator is in five or six classes a week and can wear Burberry - she's only two! It's not so much about parents competeing with each other (because I don't really find that) it's more that there are so many options for kids these days that it's hard to keep up. At the end of the day, whether your child goes to classes, or buys certain clothing, that really doesn't matter. It's still good to know what's going on in the world of parenting...
    Love the pictures!

    By Blogger ninepounddictator, at 4:18 p.m.  

  • OOOPS! Pardon me, Crabby, for posting a response on this lovely post about your daughter's third birthday that's a comment about a comment that should have been posted to the previous post - bad form, I know! It 's just that, well, based on the following definition of competitive -

    competitive |kəmˈpetətiv| adjective 1 of, relating to, or characterized by competition : a competitive sport | the intensely competitive newspaper industry. • having or displaying a strong desire to be more successful than others : she had a competitive streak. 2 as good as or better than others of a comparable nature : a car industry competitive with any in the world. • (of prices) low enough to compare well with those of rival merchants : we offer prompt service at competitive rates. DERIVATIVES competitiveness noun ORIGIN early 19th cent.: from Latin competit- ‘striven for,’ from the verb competere (see compete ), + -ive .

    I just don't see "competitive" as a positive thing either. I mean, this part: " having or displaying a strong desire to be more successful than others : she had a competitive streak" - that's the difference between competitive and ambitious, I guess. It's the THAN OTHERS part, instead of just wanting to be merely successful. That's like the difference between searching for esteem versus searching for status.

    And what the Thesaurus said?

    competitive adjective 1 a competitive player ambitious, zealous, keen, pushy, combative, aggressive. antonym apathetic. 2 a highly competitive industry ruthless, aggressive, fierce; Darwinian; informal dog-eat-dog, cutthroat. 3 competitive prices reasonable, moderate; low, inexpensive, cheap, budget, bargain, reduced, discount; rock-bottom, bargain-basement, downmarket. antonym exorbitant. know, not so positive either.

    And while I'm happy and grateful that my family has everything we have in terms of health, happiness and success - it's tinged with regret that others can't be as fortunate as even my family happens to be; and I would hope that part of being the gracious person I strive to be means avoiding bumptious discourses on my lifestyle.

    With a fatuous topic like "competitive parenting" as the subject of a weekly column, of course it behooves Ms. Eckler to walk the walk. It's just such a shame that the Post didn't choose to feature a column on something meaningful - say on conscientous consumption instead of conspicuous consumption.

    "At the end of the day, whether your child goes to classes, or buys certain clothing, that really doesn't matter. It's still good to know what's going on in the world of parenting."

    Unless, perhaps, parenting is being confused with purchasing...

    verb [ trans. ] [often as n. ] ( parenting) be or act as a mother or father to (someone) : the warmth and attention that are the hallmarks of good parenting.

    Which is why I usually write about things like poop. It's how I put the "me" in Momeeee blogging.

    By Blogger Marla, at 5:36 p.m.  

  • Three obviously is doing her very very well!

    By Anonymous Kristen, at 10:41 p.m.  

  • That is a GREAT shot of your daughter. And shakin it like that is JUST as much fun when you're all grown up.

    By Blogger The Mincemeat Vixen, at 9:40 a.m.  

  • Wandered over here having been alerted to your blog by RE... and am so glad I did... that picture is fantastic.

    Would that we could all dance that freely... :)

    By Blogger Her Bad Mother, at 9:00 p.m.  

  • She's got the beat!

    We had the beginnings of walking here this weekend, so I'm sure Sophie's dancing days aren't too far off. Maybe Alice can give lessons (or at least lend her the tap shoes)?

    By Anonymous Camilla, at 9:30 p.m.  

  • Pure joy. That's awesome.

    By Blogger tomama, at 8:01 p.m.  

  • Awww...those were the days.

    The last time i danced in the living room I heard my daughters say, "Oh gawd. Mommy. Please don't. Dance."

    By Anonymous sweatpantsmom, at 4:19 a.m.  

  • Nice new look. How about a new post?

    By Blogger Marla, at 10:00 a.m.  

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