The Regular and the Special


May 27, 2013 by Katia

Lately 4 Year Old has been relying on two new categories to classify everything in his life: his toys, his parents, his residence, his schedule, his hats. Everything is either Regular (Ré-gew-lahr) or Special, which usually means new. Unless he’s referring to the Special mustachioed character from Jake and the Neverland Pirates and its counterpart, the Regular one. Or a weekend not spent camping or bear hunting. Guess in which category that division system puts us, his parents.

My week, on the other hand, was very special. First I was recovering from my dental surgery with the aid of painkillers that were probably featured at least once on Breaking Bad and then things got even more special when we all took turns going through a 24 hour stomach virus. As I am writing this 37 Year Old, the latest casualty, is still fighting it. Things are very The Walking Dead around here. OK, maybe not quite THAT special.

Here’s a little snippet of our reality:

4 Year Old also adds the word Super to the words Tears and Walking, to make what he’s doing sound more Special. Dealing with the Super Pooing and Puking that’s been happening here, actually makes me feel very Regular. But 4 Year Old reassures me “Mommy, you’re not regular, because you have a red booboo on your face. You have red dots, they look like chicken dots”.

Thank you, son, I feel special again.

This regular post has been brought to you by the letter P.

15 thoughts on “The Regular and the Special

  1. oh my god – so cute. I am sorry about the Super stomach virus – I hope that everyone is their old Special no,no Regular self again soon!!

  2. Terrye says:

    Only you could make the stomach flu funny 🙂

  3. Haha, “painkillers that were probably featured at least once on Breaking Bad.” *Snort*
    Hopefully the week gets less “special” for you.

  4. Jen says:

    Oh yuck, and double yuck. We had a very special encounter with that last week. I am so glad it’s over. But putting a humorous spin on it? Super special bonus points for you!

  5. The Waiting says:

    I love the seemingly arbitrary categorizations little kids come up with to organize their world.

  6. Brian says:

    I hope the super pooing around your place returns to regular soon, and the super puking goes away completely.

    And let’s see… when you have the stomach flu, it’s like mom’s life on speed, plus you’ve been on some really special drugs for your mouth, right?

    Try not to do too many drugs or drug-like situations at once, because that would be too super special.

  7. Dana says:

    Sounds like your week was super special. Here’s hoping it goes back to regular this week. And I think I’m going to start talking like your son; it makes me happy 🙂

  8. Oh no! Special pooping is rarely actually special other than it is memorable and horrible. So sorry to hear that this is what’s been going on in your house this weekend. Boo. Oh and those pesky, sucky, super special red chicken dots on your face. So special. Hope everybody is better now!!!

  9. This is awesome. Not the situation of course, but your ability to find the humor in it. Love your writing.

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