Summer Dulldrums? Not around here!

by Marinka on August 15, 2008

By the way, I’m not sure that “dulldrums” is a word, but it totally should be, red squiggly spellcheck line underneath it, be damned. Like “funner”. In what world isn’t that a word?

Anyway, in case dulldrums isn’t a word, I mean the word that means when you’re a kid and everything is super dull and you just sort of hang out there, waiting for the time to pass. Something like ennui, but for kids, and that doesn’t require medication.

My 7 year old son is fighting it with all his might. This morning’s project–holding a pencil between his nose and upper lip AND talking while doing is. So far, he’s doing pretty well. He can definitely hold it (you’re welcome for the beak, son!), but the talking is coming slowly. He usually drops it by “My name is-“. But at least he has a project to work on! When does school start again?

Update: Ok, Wikpedia tells me that it’s Doldrums and that it’s a maritime term. I need to speak to the Minister of Spelling. Because Dulldrums is so much better. I hope that once Obama is sworn in, he will address this first.

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Kate August 15, 2008 at 7:14 am

So you’re not home schooling?


Melissa August 15, 2008 at 12:23 pm

I like dulldrums better. More accurate. 🙂


Vodka Mom August 15, 2008 at 12:36 pm

He and my son will have to play king of the dulldrums.
And funner IS a word. (Mom’s know everything, right?)


Marinka August 15, 2008 at 12:37 pm

Kate- why are you trying to kill me?

Melissa–I agree!


Marmite Breath August 15, 2008 at 3:46 pm

Reading about home schooling makes me want to jab myself in the eye with a fork. I can’t fucking WAIT for school to start.


anymommy August 15, 2008 at 4:32 pm

You don’t need Obama. Just declare it a word. Master of your own domain. But, I’m sure he’ll get right on it, directly after world peace and before oil crisis.


Quart August 16, 2008 at 4:39 am

I had a professor who was a linguist and swore “funner” was a word, so there you go. It’s official. And If Stephen Colbert can have “truthiness” you can have “dulldrums.”


Marinka August 16, 2008 at 5:47 am

Vodka Mom–my son would so win! Even if he had to cheat!

Marmite Breath–well, you know that I agree. Isn’t there some sort of school where they can attend year-round? Or is that prison?

Anymommy–everything is a Seinfeld reference, eh?

Quart–I KNEW it!


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