Friday, March 26, 2010

Why is a Raven Like a Writing Desk? I Dunno, Why is My Daughter Like a Tree Frog?

At the end of a long day, after I’ve slowly worked my way across the Valley, when the kids are in bed and while I’m wolfing down a reheated plate of that evening’s dinner in front of the TV, WonderWife™ and I download the events of the day to each other.

Tonight, she told me this story:

A few days ago, WW™ had been watching Life on the Discovery Channel. In one segment there was a small tree frog. The frog couldn’t jump very far, so in order to compensate for it’s lack of vertical leap, the tree frog tenses up its body so that it grows taut, and hurls itself down the side of a cliff. It bounces to the bottom and then it softens up and goes about its business.

Today at the park, she watched Sprout climb to the top of a slide and hang from the bar that ran across of it, as she’s watched her big brother do countless times. Sprout exerted so much force that her body would stiffen up, reminding WonderWife™ of that frog.

There’s no real point to this story, other than I think it’s funny to envision my daughter looking like a tree frog.

8 comments:

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Actually in that LIFE series that tree frog didn't hurt itself, or that is what it said, it said it was so light that it was an easy ride down the hill... that is, if it's the same frog as the one that saw the spider... or it could have been the frog that saw the snake and had the sticky hands and that one would relax and just fall(like frog suicide), it may have hurt itself but it's sticky fingers would catch on to branch...

Not that I really know anything, but like a geek I've watched every episode and been enthralled... weird huh?

LOL @ daughter being a tree frog

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Shelle...I meant "hurl" not "hurt". This is why I should not write blog posts just before bed.

ZenMom said...

Cute!

Keith Wilcox said...

Sure there's a point. It's that kids, people and everything else in the world isn't so different after all :-) It's cute to notice the similarities. For instance, why do we smile? It's a vestigial trait from our primitive days before verbal communication. It's for the same reason apes bear there teeth to mean different things. I know, not quite the same thing -- but noticing weirdness like that is cute. Not saying we're related to tree frogs of course. That would be dumb. Just contemplative -- you're right.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Zen...Thanks!

Keith...Wow, you got way deep there.

Your escalator operator said...

I don't want to make this all about me but I feel like it's closely related to my Hoppy Passover post the other day. Regardless, cute story.

James (SeattleDad) said...

I like it. I imagine my son as a naughty little monkey sometimes.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

YEO...It's always about you. Even when it's not.

James...That's because he probably is one, right?