Marshmallows Taste Like… Mulch

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The stars were out in full force that night, and as the air became tinged with just a hint of winter - our noses longed for the smell of logs burning in the fireplace...  It's hard to justify having an indoor fireplace with daytime temps hovering at over 70 around Christmas but we do have a little round fire pit outside, which has been neglected for over a year.  This was a perfect night to finally burn the kindling that sat dormant for so long.

Hubby and I dusted off the dew and cobwebs from our camping chairs and dragged them out to the back yard.  A lime infused corona in hand, our heads tilted towards the sky, watching for the one we are supposed to wish on, while our teenager was struggling with making tight ropes out of newspapers.  In short order, the air filled with the smell of smoke, and the flames danced lithely the lengths of termite eaten branches and were licking the underbellies of fat logs - smelling of pine.  It was time to bring out the bamboo skewers and a bag of marshmallows...

Our seven year-old has only had one experience with roasted marshmallows until that night, and didn't remember much of it, so he watched in wonderment as we torched the angelic whites of sugar-clouds you could bounce on, - until the outsides were wrinkly black and the insides ran all gooey...  The metamorphoses was so complete that at first, he was afraid to try them, and it took some courage on his part to finally take that first bite... "It,... the black part,... tastes like... mulch," says my little angel, averting his eyes, not wanting to ruin our evening.

So now, we are trying to just pink the skins for him slightly, and are careful not to catch the fluffs on fire, burning the tips of our fingers...losing patience; this, slow roasting takes so much longer; closer to the heat of the flames; afraid to touch the logs - thus for the next hour we feed our little one the goo without the crunch, the whole time trying to figure out exactly when he had tasted ... mulch

I am restless now, and puzzled.  I go on an expedition to his room, in search of anything mulch-like.  He has the exacting vocabulary of a scientist - he is always dead on... "Tastes like mulch"... Hmmm.  I am on all fours, under the bed, and then I catch a glimpse of something that doesn't belong there, an all-too-familiar cold blue of his homework folder, wedged with surgical precision in the 2 millimeter space between his bed and the wall...

In it, just as neatly, are two sheets of homework due the next morning, unspoiled by the barely black of a number two pencil... Not even the blank line designated for his name at the top of each page was obscured by a speck of charcoal...

What to do, but confront the little bugger...  With his mouth full of goo, he tells us that his fifteen year old brother doesn't like him and must have hid it to get him in trouble... He swears by everything sacred to him that he is not lying - he knows that lying is bad, and would never do that... He loves doing his homework, and why would we ever ever suspect him of deliberately hiding something as important as all that, and...

Our firestarter teenager looks gravely at his baby brother - the one he couldn't wait to welcome into this world; the one he held in the skinny hands of an 8-year-old before anyone else did; the one he read "One Fish Two Fish" to so many times that he knows it by heart - the one who just told his first big lie...

The fire is winding down, the little one is long asleep, dreaming of white clouds of marshmallows, unspoiled by the flames...

We sit in silence and roast our marshmallows that taste like...mulch.
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Rainmaker
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Inna Hardison
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Paul and Elaine: thank you for being those kindred spirits:-) With this post, it really was just a way of getting it off my chest... Not anything more than that:-) And Paul, he absolutely loves words, the little one, which makes this all the more scary!
January 14, 2008 10:53 PM
Rainmaker
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Creative Mind your little one - he yearned to stay in the company of loved ones undivided attention and efforts - (being fed yummy perfectly roasted marshmallows)... occasionally gazing at the wonderful stars & hypnotic flames rather than remember dutifully his structured educational expectations LOL - can't blame him one bit - awesome post - Inna!

Sincerely,

Grace Safrin

January 15, 2008 06:56 PM
Rainmaker
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Inna Hardison
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Grace, thank you for this. I have not added 'creativity' to the equation... Certainly sounds better than lying:-) LOL
thx for stopping by!!!
January 15, 2008 11:31 PM
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Kae Davis
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Inna... you are so--well... you are so much better than the BEST of mulchy marshmallows. Got your note and I'll get back with you soon with those details about me for the meme blog.

I've been off my own computer and my personal writing time has been minimal while working on other projects. Once we get settled and I can get up and running, I promise. Another few weeks (or months) of back and forth plus IT travel and then I can settle back to my own writing projects. [Lately, I am starting to feel more like the roaming gnome of the Internet while getting a whole bunch of projects up and smoothly running.]

Thanks for being the amazing mom and writer that you are consistently; you always make me smile and (without the roasting of your little man or anyone) "slow warm" my heart.

~~ Kae Davis 

 

 

January 17, 2008 08:13 PM
Rainmaker
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Inna Hardison
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Kae, That is so very sweet of you - thank you... Of course, i will still hold you to that meme promise, but in the meantime, best of luck on all your projects!!! :-)
January 17, 2008 10:28 PM
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Inna - This is the first post of yours that I have read, and you earned a new subscriber tonight (me).  I am also featuring this one in the Family Ties weekly recap post, which I will be launching in the next few minutes.  You are indeed a talented writer, and I loved this story!
January 19, 2008 08:12 PM
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Roberta LaRocca
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Inna, Great story!  Kids can really make you crazy but that is what keep it fun (unless you let it drive you nuts).  Thanks for sharing.
January 19, 2008 08:50 PM
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Lisa Heindel
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What a great story, Inna!  I can just picture you crawling under the bed for evidence of mulch eating.  If only the things that the little ones want so badly to be true always were...
January 19, 2008 10:17 PM
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Vanessa Stalets
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What I liked the best was the image of the 15 yr old that you painted, the tenderness and care with wich he has loved his baby brother..beautiful, that is.
January 19, 2008 10:24 PM
Rainmaker
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Inna Hardison
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Jason, I am so thrilled that you liked this!!! Thank you for the feature, and dropping by my little puddle in the rain...:-)
Roberta, i think it's these things i will miss the most when the boys are gone on their own - the little indiscretions and indiosynchracies. Thanks for reading!
Lisa, I am glad you found this... I figured you'd appreciate the hunt for mulch-muncheables...
Vanessa - He is the best big brother in the world - always wants to protect the little one from everything, keep him safe... I guess it was his first lesson that he can't protect him from himself :-( Thank you for commenting!
January 20, 2008 03:55 PM
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Rich Dansereau
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What a wonderful story and so eloquently told. You are truly an asset to the Rain! I would venture to guess that this event, maybe not the specifics, will be a lifelong memory for your youngest son. I look forward to more of your posts.
January 21, 2008 03:56 PM
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Inna Hardison
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Rich, I hope the little one remembers it, though their memories tend to be short when they screw up (spoken from personal experience, of course)... Thank you for stopping by and the compliments, of course.
i-:-)

 

January 21, 2008 05:40 PM
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Marchel Peterson
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Inna, I must like mulch because I LOVE my marshmallows black. 

Your homework story brings back some memories.  My kids loved doing that homework also (lol).

January 22, 2008 09:12 PM
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Inna Hardison
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Marchel, I am with you on the whole really crunchy marshmallow thing, mulch like though it never tasted to me before (LOL)... As for homework, who likes obligations... right? I was just sort of hoping that I would have till at least middle school for that to come up:-) I guess he is an early learner after all.

Thanks for stopping by!
:-)

January 22, 2008 09:54 PM
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John MacArthur
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Inna - Absence only makes the heart grow fonder. I sometimes get overwhelmed with blogs. I have more than I should but I find it intoxicating to toss words out to the world. As for you, your essence...why I shall stop and immerse myself in every puddle you leave. I shall bathe in your words and allow your spirit to sooth my soul.
January 23, 2008 06:27 PM
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Bonnie & Terry Westbrook
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I enjoyed your story immensely, Inna. Kids are just full of surprises, creativity and well, challenges with a capital C. But there is nothing else quite as rewarding or fun, either.
January 23, 2008 07:55 PM
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Inna Hardison
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J-mac, dearest, your absence makes one worry, that's all. Glad you are here, my friend; that means all is well with the world:-)

Bonnie, thank you! They are full of surprises, aren't they... I will miss all of it immensely someday; but for now i am going to enjoy every moment of it:-) thx for stopping by-

January 23, 2008 09:07 PM
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In another time and another place, we promised to spend forever together. Good to see you again.
February 05, 2008 12:17 AM
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Inna Hardison
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Hi J-Mac- :-)
February 05, 2008 07:54 AM
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LOL...

I'd have been suspicious too. When a child says "Tastes Like Mulch" there's something going on. A rather unexpected something in this case. We humans start hidding truth at a such a young age :)

TLW...ROAR!

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