Hi, all! My name is Giraffe, and I’m a newbie.
I’ve had a blast reading the entries, horrified at what some people think is acceptable, applauding your successes and good advice.
A friend of mine, MommyPenguin, introduced me to these boards when I went to visit her last summer. She reintroduced me to them this summer, again when I was visiting her.
So how fitting is it that my first story is about her?
She’s got two BabyPenguins, both under 3. I’d been there nearly a week (I live several states away, so I can’t just pop over for a day visit), relaxing and enjoying myself, but also trying to help out with the kids, so as to be a good guest. You know, playing with them, helping feed them, holding BabyPenguin1’s hand while MommyPenguin was carrying BabyPenguin2, etc.
We were exiting the house to go gallivanting (playground, into big city, I can’t quite remember the plan). I’m holding BP1’s hand, carrying water bottles, ready to load the van and buckle BP1 in, when I hear MommyPenguin say, in an exasperated tone, “Giraffe, your help is neither necessary nor appreciated.”
Oh, btw, did I mention that BP2 is also named Giraffe? And she’s under a year old and was trying to play with the keys as MommyPenguin locked the front door?