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“Mommy*, can I read you ‘The Thirsty Moose’?” said my six year old.
“Alright if I can type this out at the same time,” I replied as I continued to work on this post.

I read—a lot. Usually I go through three novels a week, a few magazines and newspapers, and hours and hours of fan fiction. In a pinch, if I’m bored I’ll read anything, even a car manual. There is no room in my house that you can’t find a book, especially the bathrooms.

“ ‘ Go ahead and try,’ said the big Moose.” The book is turned around to show the picture before going on with the story.

My bathroom has it’s own bookshelf to house all the books I have been reading that month. I set my alarm 45 minutes ahead of everyone else in my house so that I can soak in a hot tub and read undisturbed. It’s worth losing a bit of sleep since it is the only uninterrupted reading time I get every day. All other reading happens while multi-tasking or ignoring music/tv/whatever.

“What is this word, Mommy?” Small finger points at a word.

Since I can’t get my computer in the tub with me to read on-line, I buy books. Today it was three television tie-in novels: Torchwood- Almost Perfect; Stargate Atlantis-Angelus, and Stargate Atlantis- Nightfall. Stargate Atlantis novels are usually pretty tame compared to the fan fic.

“Now I’m going to ask you some questions about the book,” she says pressing the open book to her chest so I can't cheat. “What was Big Moose’s problem?”
“I didn’t know there was going to be a test.”

However, get a load of this excerpt from the Torchwood back cover: “Ianto Jones woke up this morning with no memory of last night. He went to work, where he caused amusement, suspicion and a little bit of jealousy. Because Ianto Jones woke up this morning in the body of a woman.”

“Here is my favourite part.”

This is what I love about Torchwood. No matter how crack fan fic gets, Torchwood makes it look like cannon. Ships, check. Slash, check. Time travel, check. AU, check. Hurt/comfort, check. PWP, check. Gender switch, check. Man, I love this show. It has the added bonus of being a conversation starter, to talk to my kids about what the word “gay” really means. Big bi-sexual and hot action hero, check.

“I’m going to go get another book.” Ahh. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. She’s bound to be a readaholic too, and maybe a teacher.

* Canadians write this word like Americans and say it like the Brits. Yah, we're weird like that. We do it the other way round with some words, writing them like British English but pronoucing them as American.

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My son's two hamsters died yesterday due to unknown causes. Little Boo was asleep and missed the disposal of the tiny bodies. She is old enough to understand what dead is and really wanted to see them when she learned the next morning. My son spent the day mourning little Russie and Psyco Hamster.

Later, I was listening to talk radio as I was helping six year old Boo clean her room. It was an interview with a palliative care proffessional who worked with children. She saw her job as helping children to die well.

She said that one basic worry no matter how young was that people would forget them. She and the dying child would set up homework for family members. There would be speical days (named for example Chris Day) where it would be the job of that family member to remember the person after he/she died. Say on Chris' birthday, family would wear his favourite colour, have his favourite food for supper, and remember him.

As a person who does not believe in an afterlife, this struck a cord with me, especially with my small daughter bouncing on the bed near me. This is a tangible way to keep some part of the person who is gone. I wanted to write this down so that I would remember this. I would like to start this as a tradition in our family and thought the idea may slip away if I didn't put it to pen, so to speak.


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