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I also thought you'd be a bloke, Eryan, sorry! Just the name though... Wary Smilie

My niece is called Esmeralda. I think it's a beautiful name. And it's even in LOTR!

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But old Rory Brandybuck was not so sure. Neither age nor an enormous dinner had clouded his wits, and he said to his daughter-in-law, Esmeralda: 'There's something very fishy in this, my dear! I believe that mad Baggins is off again.


From FOTR, Book I, Chapter I, p. 43
Esmeralda is the genuine spanish word, the name of a precious stone, so I guess this is the correct spelling. Wink Smilie
The Bells, The Bells!!! *limps about like a pillock*
Ah, the Quasi-Squirrel has graced us with his elegant appearance. Cool Smilie
Elegant eh? Ta very much.
And he spoiled it again... Animated Wink Smilie
:P Duck Smilie
well, as you can see, I retained my nick "Eryan" here (I like it better than Esmeralda, too!) but I started to sign as Esmeralda or as Esme my e-mails to my friend Maggie (also known as Crocodile and Dragon)... However, Esme is the name of a realy nasty hyena from one of the short stories of Saki (do you know it?) and I am still not convinced it fits me!
Super Scared Smilie In that case we must stop calling my niece Esme! Alda will have to do! Big Laugh Smilie
Yay! A rant about parents! Perfect!

Let me start off with They are horrible people who favor my brother exclusively
Aww, how unlucky.

Try returning them to the store and ask for new ones.
Or you could take them to court seeking a divorice, a kid on this side of the pond did it.
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Or you could take them to court seeking a divorice, a kid on this side of the pond did it.

Was the kid's first name Oedipus?
My phylosophy on being a parent... Divorce the mother as soon as they are born and be a "fun daddy" at weekends. Kind of like being a grandparent I guess.
My advice to parents, based on my background and my present family life: Don't go for the money, and don't wait till you are finished with chasing after the thing that will give your life "meaning." If you waste your time on these, you will be miserable and bring up miserable kids. Instead, get a job you like even if it doesn't pay as much as you think you need. Then spend as much time as you can with your kids and give them all the love and guidance you can. It won't matter that you couldn't go to Disney World or do Rome on a big vacation tour. But it will matter to the kids that you were always there, always doing your level best to show you loved them first. They will carry that with them forever and transmit that to the grandkids.
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My phylosophy on being a parent... Divorce the mother as soon as they are born and be a "fun daddy" at weekends. Kind of like being a grandparent I guess.


haha...i'll keep that in mind....:-P
Gandalf-olorin advice is excellent. If everyone followed it, the world would have many fewer unhappy people and be a lot better place to live.
that's right.
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It won't matter that you couldn't go to Disney World

disney world isn't worth going to anyway.
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Gandalf-olorin advice is excellent. If everyone followed it, the world would have many fewer unhappy people and be a lot better place to live.


I agree.

Hehehe, if you look at it my way, this just reemphasizes something Pink Floyd said:

"Money, so they say, is the root of all evil today"
I say, are kids allowed to join this convo? Cuz, really, y'know, you guys are just talking about how to treat us in public and you know when teens hear how you are gonna treat them, they wanna rebel, and your plans are all smashed....
Aye i think Gandalf-olorin has earned his right to be called Gandalf-olorin,
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he is both wise and powerful he'll know what to do


i know that's is to describe Saruman but he is, theres no denying it Orc With Thumbs Up Smilie
Thank you for the kind compliments. Yes, children--teens and young adults--often rebel. Even in the families with the best-behaved kids there is bound to be some problem. But parents and kids can work through these things--whether loudly or calmly. In the end, the kids will see that their parents cared enough to set limits, and the parents will see that their kids turned out alright despite their fears. But if nothing had been said or done when it should have been, then neither "side" will end so well.
Wow... I feel like I know so much about parenthood already...
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I feel like I know so much about parenthood already...

Why? Did you adopt a family of Furbies?
Well Clover, at least you have our dear Mir here to make sure you know what it feels like to have an obnoxious older brother who's constantly bothering you. That is valuble knowledge for a parent too... :P

*hums* always look on the bright side of life...
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Yes, children--teens and young adults--often rebel.
you plagurized from my science teacher. unless you are her which i strongly think you are. :P

and let me quote something that Flogging Molly once said (Floyd is to...something)
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Rebels are we!
As a teenager I always said I would never be like my mum, as a mum.

But.....everyday I hear words coming from my mouth and think I'm turning into my mum.

I love my mum and I think she did a good job. I hope my girls will see I only have their best interest at heart :o)

Remember...when you have a baby you don't get an instruction manual - you do as you've been taught!!

So all you younger pt members............

YOU MAY TURN INTO YOUR PARENT mawhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
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Remember...when you have a baby you don't get an instruction manual

The books of Dr Benjamin Spock aren't distributed anymore?

what is the world coming to...
Riiiiiiiiiiiiight... I'm going to pretend I know who Benjamin whatever is. But I agree with Amarie. Mir can really give someone the taste of an annoying brother, though I think he's more of a mother to me sometimes. DON"T say that's sweet.
That's it, i'm changing my avatar to Mother Goose.

Or to the mother of Bambi.
My dad treats me like an adult when I act like it, and treats me like a child when I act like it. Mostly, he just kinda treats me. That might sound wrong, but I mean, for the most part, he treats me like person, which isn't always a bad thing. My mum, on the otherhand, is strongly in the belief that if she can try, she will keep me her baby girl forever. Well mum, you've been trying for about 16 years, and it ain't worked yet....
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