AND WE’RE BACK

Yes, it’s been quiet here at FD.com the past couple of weeks, as we took a little break before, during, and after a week by the bay in Cape Cod with Small and Tiny, which featured a whale watch, a drive-in movie (it was this movie, and it was a big hit in our car) and the acquisition of three, yes, three, new stamps for our priceless Passport to Your National Parks.

Feeling entirely unrefreshed, we return to HQ to review a busy month of parenting news and to share some FD newsstand reports.


WHAT TIME IS IT WHEN THE BIG HAND IS ON THE 12 AND THE LITTLE HAND IS ON A WHALE? TIME TO GET A NEW WATCH!

Garrygittislobtail_1Yeah, yeah, yeah. But Fellow loves that joke in all its various forms. Seriously, though, if the opportunity ever arises to take your kids on a whale watch, jump at it. We took a Dolphin Fleet ship (Slogan: "We must be good. We’ve got whalewatch.com") out of Provincetown harbor and onto the high seas, and enjoyed views of several rarely spotted sey whales, along with a minke and of course, the mighty humpback.

THAR SHE BLOWS!*

0618265716Our Summer Vacation Small Fellow Book Club selection was this illustrated - and 40-page - version of Moby-Dick, picked up in the gift shop of the truly outstanding and kid-friendly New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts, which should be a destination for any families on their way to or from Cape Cod next summer. (We'll remind you at the appropriate time.)

Fellow loved Moby-Dick. He immediately spotted Ahab's flaws, and sympathized with the distraught captain of the Rachel (the ship weeping for her children). And we admit we didn't mind him seeing him regale his relatives with the tale of the hunt for the great white whale at post-vacation family gatherings.

* [can't wait to see what kind of Web searchers this phrase will bring to our humble  little site...]

AND JUST LIKE THAT, WE'RE A KINDERGARTEN PARENT
   [featuring an unprecedented FD.com appearance by Small Fellow himself]

Suc30005We had the privilege of escorting Fellow to his first day of school the other day and fortunately all went well, and has gone well since. Lunch is a bit tricky, though. First, as one of several hundred students at Big City Elementary, Fellow takes his lunch at around 10:45 a.m. Second, hot lunch is free for all, but if you bring your own cold lunch, you have to pay a quarter for your milk. Yesterday Fellow was enticed to try the free lunch, since it was pizza. But there was a catch: The pizza came with an orange, one of his many fruits non grata. He asked a teacher if he'd have to eat the offending orange and was told he would (or so he says). So he faced a classic dilemma: Which did he value more, enjoying the gooey goodness of pizza, or avoiding the demon fruit. To the surprise of no one here, he chose fear and ate the sandwich from home. Unfortunately, tho he'd spent a major portion of his Saturday morning arranging a variety of state quarters in a sandwich bag and carefully placing the bag in his backpack, he forgot to bring any of his quarters to the cafeteria. And so today, on day 4 of school, we had to pay the teacher back the 25 cents she had loaned Fellow for yesterday's milk.

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