Word of the Day: Disguise

November 21, 2009

in no manual for parenting

“The secret agent is in disguise.”  The caption of the picture says.

Word of the Day: Disguise

(No, I didn’t draw the picture. My 6 year old did).

I thought I’d use this picture to comment on the following pictures:


These pictures were meant for a post on how I was trying to be the Best Mom in the World and gave in to Mr. Monk’s plea that we make an apple pie right after our trip to an apple orchard on a Sunday night, how I for a fleeting moment thought I’d been missing a lot of opportunities to build childhood memories with/for my children by not cooking/baking on a regular basis, how I was impressed that he was so meticulous when he was doing THAT thing along the side of the pie crust with the fork (What is it called again?), how the pie ended up being a disaster “Not as good as Baker Square. Maybe we should just get our pies there from now on…”, how I learned the true meaning of “The journey of getting there is more important than the destination aka pie”, and how I wanted to strangle my kids when they refused to eat the pie because “Mom! You know we don’t like apple pies. When have you seen us eating an apple pie?”

Just be patient please. I am getting to my point. *cough cough*

Like many parents, I struggle with whether to put the pictures of my children on the Internet and how, and how much or how little to share. So as you can see, here is my pathetic attempt to disguise the identity of my son by taking pictures only of his “profile” and by covering up his name that’s on the apron.

I looked at these pictures again today and I had to admit that the attempt was not only lame but hypocritical. Maybe not hypocritical, but I would definitely label it as self-contradictory. Definitely half-assed.

Secret agent man.

p.s. I was relieved when I realized he was trying to write “Train 88” and not “Tehran 88“. I don’t think I can deal with a 6-year-old that follows Middle Eastern politics and histories. Don’t get me wrong, I would be very proud of him, but I don’t think I would be equipped with the necessary breadth and width of knowledge to explain the complexities…


Falling November 22, 2009 at 12:47 am

Um, I’m not sure how you’re going to feel about this, but when I was a kid, I totally thought that song was called “Secret Asian Man.”
.-= Falling´s last blog…Creepoid vs. Bitch =-.

Andrea November 22, 2009 at 7:45 am

Even if they hated the pie, those pictures are totally worth it! Adorable. I love how much care he is taking in getting it just right!
.-= Andrea´s last blog…"Stuck in the middle with you" =-.

Diane November 22, 2009 at 8:15 am

I love you for posting “Secret Agent Man!” My friends and I used to play Secret Agent Man when we were little. Basically involved just sneaking around the house and spying on adults who were reading the paper, washing dishes and smoking cigarettes. Hey, it was the ’60s. What did we know?
I still love that song, though.
And it DOES sound like “Secret Asian Man!”

Elly Lou November 22, 2009 at 8:55 am

“Making Apple Pies in Tehran” could be a best seller…

Absence Alternatives November 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Thanks for stopping by! Your blog is really written by the 4 siblings in your fam? What a great concept. I am absolutely intrigued. The title of your last post “Math is Hard, Barbie” is esp. intriguing, more so because I know someone who cracked a Barbie joke to make a sarcastic point on stage at a professional conference, only that ppl apparently thought he said, “Matt is hard”…

“Making Apple Pies in Tehran” can indeed be a great title for a, say, memoir by an American Iranian author.

submom November 22, 2009 at 8:59 am

It’s me: responding from my BB. Thought I should do this ASAP to tell ya: I thought “Secret Asian Man” is hilarious! Now I am going to sing it in my head that way now.

Andrea: thanks for trying to make me feel better… Well, I know now I no longer need to feel guilty about not cooking ’cause they are picky little boogers…

Velva November 22, 2009 at 9:53 am

Making a pie, is the first step towards eating it. If you are not successful the first time, try, try again. You are thinking….”yea, right. Dream on sister”.
.-= Velva´s last blog…Cheaper by the Dozen =-.

Absence Alternatives November 22, 2009 at 4:27 pm

I think it was a failure because the apples we got were Fuji, Red Delicious, and Honey Crisp. Not the pie making ones. I just want someone else to make the pie for me really. Wah wah wah. 😉

Merrilymarylee November 22, 2009 at 10:09 am

Mr. Monk is a cutie pie! (sorry–had to say that, ’cause he is!)

A chef, a philosopher, a student of religion…what a renaissance man!

Does he want an extra grandmother? :)
.-= Merrilymarylee´s last blog…Beach Wedding =-.

Absence Alternatives November 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Thank you so much for the kind words. :-) Since I am alone in the U.S. (all my families back home) I will accept anybody’s request to adopt us. 😉 But you’d be like a YOUNG grandma though, right? 😉

Falling November 22, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Yeah, I couldn’t figure out why some Asian guy would be given a number and have his name taken away. I think I thought it was kind of a political song. You know, with a peppy beat.
.-= Falling´s last blog…Creepoid vs. Bitch =-.

Absence Alternatives November 22, 2009 at 4:34 pm

That is so funny. Were you like a kid who’s extremely politically aware? Whoa. Impressive!

Nancy@ifevolutionworks.com November 22, 2009 at 4:35 pm

He is SO SO cute and I love his artwork! Thanks for sharing it :)
.-= Nancy@ifevolutionworks.com´s last blog…Easy Cornbread Casserole =-.

Absence Alternatives November 22, 2009 at 8:25 pm

Thank you. So, is he cute enough that you’d make cornbread for him even though he probably won’t eat it but his momma will? 😉

A Vapid Blonde November 22, 2009 at 6:40 pm

I am not even going to tell who I thought the picture was… really talk about a politically incorrect drawing…But I am so sure your son would never draw a picture of hitler, that would be way off target.

And the pie looks amazing, I can’t believe they made you make a pie and wouldn’t even eat it. I would totally eat your pie…yeah.
.-= A Vapid Blonde´s last blog…Simple Joy Sunday, #5 =-.

A Vapid Blonde November 22, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Also don’t hate me for that comment.
.-= A Vapid Blonde´s last blog…Simple Joy Sunday, #5 =-.

Absence Alternatives November 22, 2009 at 8:35 pm

LOL. Of course I won’t. Actually my first reaction was, “Is that an umbrella under his nose? Wtf?” Thank you for volunteering to eat my cooking. 😉

A Vapid Blonde November 22, 2009 at 8:53 pm

It really does look like an umbrella too….haa haa.
.-= A Vapid Blonde´s last blog…Simple Joy Sunday, #5 =-.

Jen @ NathanRising November 22, 2009 at 6:53 pm

Aw, he’s really such an adorable little guy! Kids are so funny… I was laughing so hard at this post… making apple pies even though he doesn’t like them!
.-= Jen @ NathanRising´s last blog…My First Trophy! =-.

Absence Alternatives November 22, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Your days will come soon, m’lady. Laugh all you want! 😉

alejna November 22, 2009 at 9:13 pm

“Like many parents, I struggle with whether to put the pictures of my children on the Internet and how, and how much or how little to share”

Oh, man…apparently I don’t struggle with this. I post real names, and undisguised photos.The way I see it, with the thousands of blogs and millions of photos of kids on the web, we are just names and faces in a crowd. But every time I hear or read a comment like this, I second guess myself. So maybe I do struggle, but it’s all after the fact.

Of course, my kids are very small, still. Perhaps as they get older I will think more of their privacy.

Anyhow, I love the photos. And the drawing. And the song. It’s one I used to sing a lot with a friend in high school. (She had a tape with TV theme songs we’d sing along to while hanging out in her room.) (And yeah, it totally sounds like “Secret Asian Man.”)
.-= alejna´s last blog…two birds with one post =-.

Absence Alternatives November 23, 2009 at 1:22 pm

This is one of the many examples where I stuck my foot in my mouth. I didn’t mean for it to come out that way. Actually I thought about it, then I went ahead and did it because I came to the same conclusion that you had. I’ve seen people Photoshopping a black band over their kids’ face… and I don’t want to do that! 😉 Besides, if you think about it, anybody can take a picture of my kids in the crowd from far far away and blow it up 100 times if it comes down to that. There is no point agonizing over this. The real reason why I am not showing too much is because I am trying to stay under the radar.

Amanda November 23, 2009 at 12:23 am

You let your kids eat pie?

My kids are on a strict diet of margarine, Pepsi and acorns. Stunts their growth so I don’t have to shop for clothes as often.
.-= Amanda´s last blog…A Giveaway! Yes, You’re In The Right Place =-.

Absence Alternatives November 23, 2009 at 1:24 pm

I tried forcefeeding them but they just wouldn’t eat apple pies… LOL. I like your plan!

Merrilymarylee November 24, 2009 at 9:17 am

Meant to tell you that I love Mr. Monk’s picture. That is obviously his Oliver Hardy disguise!
.-= Merrilymarylee´s last blog…They Don’t Eat Goldfish in Ireland? =-.

Absence Alternatives November 25, 2009 at 9:50 am

Hardy! THAT’s a good one! You know what? It does look like him. LOL. I have to find the old clips and show them to the boys.

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