Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Malcolm's pokémons (and other shared passions!)

What I recommend for Shea's new team :






Even if my Pokémons are really strong and they look dangerous for the other Pokemons, they're always nice with the other Pokémons because I taught them how to be nice.

(Note by mother : This is where Malcolm lost interest in updating the blog! In case anyone's been worried that the Pontoon Pirates are going to overdose on high culture any day soon, this post should reassure you. Paret Match caught a few quick photos of the Pirates and their siblings at home, au naturel, as we say here in Gay Paree...

...Max, Malcolm and his friend Nil hanging out in Malcolm and Henry's room playing God only know's which version of Pokemon on the Game Boy. They began early in the morning and, from the slant of the light coming in at the window here (not to mention the fact that Max never gets up before noon on Sundays), I'd say it's about 1 pm in this picture...

...Malcolm and Nil sneaking in a few more minutes of Game Boy despite Thierry's expressly having banned it for the rest of the day...

...but, as soon as we've banned one screen, they switch directly to another. This is a picture of Nil's blog on the computer! Well, one has to accept blogging, right? Boy, these kids know how to finagle their way around bans...

...Stella listens to music on the computer, too. That's cultural, right?...

...and here she is listening to music on the TV (with Henry)....


...It's Jimmie Hendrix live at the Isle of Wight (a recording Thierry gave her for Christmas called Blue Wild Angel).

Eventually, when ALL screens have been banned - or when they can't access one because someone else is on it (blogging or listening to music)...they will actually play, but their play stays close to their favorite screen occupations...

...here's Malcolm playing with a Hulk figurine while Nil...

...helps some professional wrestling action figures work out on Malcolm's punching ball!

But, if screen withdrawl becomes too intense, we do allow beautiful, cultural films, remember?

...What's this? What's this? Don't you recognize Enara from Fire Fly? You know, that beautiful, cultural series that's so much better than Star Trek? We LOVE it! Over and over...

And reading is also allowed, even in the living room...

...Max likes One Piece...

...Thierry likes paparazzi magazines...

...until they put him to sleep...

And Stella only reads in her room. But when Stella is not reading in her room or listening to music...

...she's making it...

And then, there's Henry, who doesn't like making music or playing with naked action figures - he only likes well-dressed action figures in their original collector's boxes with all the original accessories still tweegeed to the box....

...and, he likes action!

...after Fun in a Bag, Appartment Ping-Pong is definitely a favorite, early Sunday morning pleasure which Thierry and I enjoy as much as our neighbors...

...when we ask him to find a quieter activity, Henry takes pictures of the neighborhood cats....


...if he's lucky...

...which he usually is...

...there might even be some action down there too!

As far as screen addiction goes, when Henry choses a film, it usually IS a beautiful, cultural film :

...his favorite filmmaker is Tim Burton...

...his favorite author is Roald Dalh*, his favorite animated Manga filmmaker is Hayao Miyazaki and his favorite actor is Johnny Depp. One might argue with these choices and recognize the early twenty-first century influence but one can not deny that they are his choices.

So, once again tonight, while his brothers were sharing their mutual passion for Bogémunn, as Malcolm used to say back when he was just learning to talk and Max was already a huge Pokémon fan...

...Henry was engrossed in his favorite symphony, Vivaldi's Four Seasons...

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Seriously, we're afraid he's got swine flu or something...)

* OK, I confess, I'm a total blog liar, Henry's not reading Roald Dahl in this photo. He's reading the third tome of Dragon Ball Z. But the shadows were nice and, I swear, it could have been Charlie and the Chocolate factory, it really could have, cross my heart and hope to die!

4 comments:

  1. After all those gorgeous blog posts, set in almost unreally gorgeous settings, woven together with sharp wit and thoughtful insight, there is something sort of… reassuringly earthy about these last two posts. They also show how a great storyteller can do wonders with seemingly... meager material.

    Great photos too.

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  2. You're ever so sweet! The Reine-Claude post was an editor's response to your "enchanted lives" comment and this last one was a ploy to get the computer away from Malcolm - "You want to look at Pokémons? Hey, I have an idea! Let's put'em on the blog!" The text around the Pokémon pictures was Malcolm's although I corrected the spelling.

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  3. Well, the fact is that in blogs the ever surprising is the ever stimulating.

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  4. Another comment: Watching cats from your apartment--especially out the back way--is a passion of mine every time we visit. Amazingly nice setting you live in for those who have eyes.

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