One day Anni was twirling and singing one of her original compositions.
"It's my gift!" she declared.
Dizzy, she fell with spectacular gracelessness.
Laying on her back on the tile floor she began flapping her arms and legs
as if she were making a snow angel.
"Falling down is also a gift!" says she.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

watch out for the bruise monkey

I spent last night making Annika and Frankie some car mix CD's, and today has been designated "kite day," so I'll save a longer update for tonight. But here are some quick Annika-isms while the girls are downstairs eating breakfast: Bad weather swept through the midwest over the weekend. Annika was very excited because we all went in the basement together when the Potato Sirens went off. Yes, that's right. We live in Potato Alley, and every Spring we brace for the onslaught of potatoes suddenly dropping from the sky, leaving unbelievable destruction behind. You know, they made a movie with Helen Hunt about it. (By the way, that movie was perhaps the worst thing that ever happened to our cat, Hepburn, who has the misfortune of bearing markings incredibly similar to the famous flying cow. For months afterward, Jörg would pick her up and twirl around. "We've got debris!") Annika fell out of her bunk bed last week. I guess it had to happen sometime, and the floor is nicely padded with carpet, but of course it still stopped my heart just a bit. She was fully awake (trying to exit down the ladder face forward), and caught herself with her arms and legs, so no head or abdominal injury. The next morning Jörg noticed that her legs were pretty bruised up and asked her what happened. She glanced down nonchalantly, shrugged her shoulders and replied in a matter-of-fact tone, "Bruise Monkey." And that was all she had to say on the matter. Of course that got a good laugh and Jörg asked her, "Are you a little comedian?" Annika, still in her perfect deadpan, corrected him, "No. You mean, 'Am I a chameleon?' " And then she finally broke down and laughed.


Blogger Chana said...

I'm glad that she is okay after her fall-she sounds like a monkey alright. Isn't that wonderful? to see her having fun and being mischievous and have her laughing silly.
I hope the weather gets better soon. All we hear up here is the destruction of what is happening in all those areas. I hope you are all okay.

4/04/2006 10:03 AM  
Blogger Moreena said...

Yes, we are all OK. And I hope I don't sound too jokey, of course, since people died in the storms and I know it's no laughing matter. Actually, it's almost surprising anymore to hear of deaths associated with tornadoes since the warning systems have gotten so widespread. Again, though, I guess this all depends on having someplace good to go. There was a tornado that came very close by our town not long ago and completely flattened an entire factory in the middle of the workday, but not a single person was injured since the owners had built tornado shelters for the employees.

4/04/2006 10:22 AM  
Blogger angela marie said...

love that girl! :)

4/04/2006 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, you know, falling down is also a gift. :-) Hope, hope, hope things are going well.


Mary, Ayden's grandma

4/04/2006 1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That girl is something else! Bruise monkey!!! Hahahaha!!!



4/04/2006 2:12 PM  
Blogger The Imperfect Christian said...

She is so cute! What a character!

4/04/2006 4:04 PM  
Blogger Yankee T said...

I totally love that kid!

4/04/2006 5:08 PM  
Anonymous peripateticpolarbear said...

I heart annika.

4/04/2006 6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love it! Love it! Love it!

4/04/2006 9:18 PM  
Blogger Rowan said...

Are you sure she fell? Perhaps she was struck by a stray potato. ;-)

4/04/2006 9:53 PM  
Blogger liz said...


4/05/2006 7:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Annika rocks! Thanks for making me laugh!
Susan from Shickshinny, PA

4/05/2006 8:33 AM  
Blogger halloweenlover said...

Thank goodness for that sense of humor! You should definitely keep her! ; )

4/05/2006 8:50 AM  
Blogger moe said...

Oh she is so special. She's so funny and she doesn't even know it Chameleon, comedian. Too funny.

4/05/2006 8:13 PM  
Blogger candace said...

Wouldn't you know it... We have Tomato Sirens further north in Illinois! And they test the Tomato Siren the first Tuesday of every month at 10:00 am. And Dax makes us head into the basement. Just to be safe. Our favorite book, by the way, is Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

Glad you are all okay. Laughter is good medicine!


4/05/2006 10:24 PM  

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