Double Rainbow of Happiness

by Marinka on January 10, 2012

I don’t want to write the kind of blog where I just brag about my kids nonstop. Mostly because you don’t want to read it. Who needs to feel bad about their parenting in comparison to my exemplary style?

Except sometimes I have a moment with my children that so fills with pride and joy and the knowledge that I am parenting the exactly right way that I can’t help but boast a little here.

Last Sunday night was one of those moments.

On Sunday night, as 10 year old Young Ladrinka was going to sleep, we had a little chat.

“I forgot to do some homework this weekend,” he confessed.

“Oh?” I asked. This wasn’t good news, especially since we had a robust session of is that really all the homework you have? /yep! You’re blocking the TV! earlier in the day.

“What homework did you forget?” I asked. Maybe it was just a few math problems. The kind he could do over breakfast.

“We had to pick a historical figure to research it over the weekend so we can write about him in class.”

“Who did you pick?”


“Excuse me?”


“WHY- Semi-Semitic Sunbeam, why did you choose Hitler?” I was alarmed. No offense to any fascists reading this.

“I didn’t know who else to pick! Everyone was taken!”



“Martin Luther King, Jr.?”



“THEY WERE ALL TAKEN. Hitler was the only one left.”

“You’re not seriously telling me that every other historical figure in the history of the world was taken and Hitler was the only one left, are you?”

“They were!”

“What about Ronald Reagan?”

“Who’s that?”

“Former President.”

“Well it’s too late now. I already signed up for Hitler.”

“But you didn’t research.”

“Yeah, but I know he was a big meanie. I can pull it off.”

It’s really hard to decide what I’m most proud of. The fact that he forgot that he had homework, his choice of historical figure, or his street smarts that Hitler was a “meanie”. Either way, I’m sure I’ll be on demand on parenting speaking circuits soon!

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January 10, 2012 at 8:07 am

Oh boy. And I’m actually waiting for Awesome Dude’s comment


Awesome Dude January 10, 2012 at 8:43 am

Here it is:

Now is a good time to feed him a line that “Jewish food killed more Jews than Hitler”.


dusty earth mother January 11, 2012 at 11:18 am

I seriously love you, Awesome Dude.


Schill January 10, 2012 at 10:03 am

LMAO…pricesless!! I think the fact that he knows that Hitler was a big “meanie” proves what an excellent job you’ve done parenting young Ladrinka.

I’m hoping this isn’t one of those “dress up as your subject” types of projects. Awkward.



Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes January 10, 2012 at 10:15 am

At least he knows who he was and that he was a big meanie.


magpie January 10, 2012 at 10:23 am

Big meanie, huh? Time to watch the movie of The Producers, me thinks. It’ll be research.


January 10, 2012 at 10:24 am

At least he’s not a Republican.


January 10, 2012 at 10:26 am

your son. not hitler. i should stop typing now.


Brittany {Mommy Words}
January 10, 2012 at 10:25 am

Awesome that he knows Hitler was a meanie. Confusing? His class must have a million kids in it if Hitler was the only one left!


b a seagull
January 10, 2012 at 10:28 am

succinct is good.


January 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

At least you know he’s leadership material since he picked The Big One instead of, like, Goebbels or something.


January 10, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Can I just point out that your blog title would be an awesome name for a Chinese restaurant.


the mama bird diaries
January 10, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I’m looking forward to finding out more about who this Hitler fellow is.


January 11, 2012 at 6:14 am

It must be hard always being upstaged by your father. ..
As for Ladrinka, he can pull it off!!


Loukia January 11, 2012 at 7:56 am

Hey, it’s not like he wouldn’t have a TON of things to say about this historial figure, right? You could have also suggested Alexander the Great? 😉

P.S. My six year old also would have picked Hitler, too. He’s history obsessed.


Becky Rice
January 11, 2012 at 8:26 am

I’m jealous. My 10 year old’s six sentence synopsis of the War of 1812 included the works “stunk” and “snuck”. I wish it had included the word “meanie”.


Marinka January 11, 2012 at 9:40 am

I’m spoiler-free for the War of 1812, so please don’t give anything away, ok?


sweetney January 11, 2012 at 9:10 am

“Well it’s too late now. I already signed up for Hitler” – a parenting win for THE AGES.


January 11, 2012 at 9:41 am

“My semi-semetic sunbeam”

I love your blog.


dusty earth mother January 11, 2012 at 11:20 am

What Ann said.


January 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm

He could write books with Bill O’Reilly!


January 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm

I’m actually shocked Hitler was available. Who would want to research JFK when there was a villain available?


Alexandra January 13, 2012 at 11:12 am

Again, Marinka, you impress us with your examples of mothering with grace.

I would have gone overboard. I would’ve made phone calls, I would’ve delivered picket signs to the classroom: this was not going to go down.
I would’ve learned to VLOG, for humanity’s sake.

You, on the other hand, are keeping an open mind.

I will stay tuned.

I can’t wait to hear the play by play on the report.

It’ll be soooooooo good.


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