Unsolved Mysteries of Everyday Life

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Why are the best “please, just leave it until tomorrow!” projects always built right in the middle of the living room? Why not start, oh, I don’t know… in the “play area,” just a metre to the left? In the bedroom, upstairs?

Exhibit 1, Ottawa, April 2019

Exhibit 2, Ottawa, April 2019

Mark’s message on the new box of chocolate he gave me for my birthday—“do not open, mommy’s”—might be a clue in the curious case of the missing stash of chocolate at home. I’m pretty sure I didn’t eat it all and wrapping papers were found under the couch… Can’t even blame a pet, we don’t have one!

“Mommy’s, do not open”, Ottawa, March 2019

“Cut off the crust, please, oh, please, cut off the crust! I can’t have crust on my lunchbox sandwich!”

*Immediately grabs the crust I just cut off and asks for a plate to eat it in front of the TV*

Ottawa, April 2019

Why do I find math tests on my bed at night? What did I do to him??

Ottawa, March 2019

As a true Canadian kid who doesn’t seem to mind snow storms…

The weather that day, mid-April…

Ottawa, April 2019

Ottawa, April 2019

What are the odds! Every time Mark plays Parcheesi against Bat-Bear, he wins. Crazy.

“I guess I’m just good at it,” Mark shrugs innocently. “Don’t worry,” he whispers to me five seconds later. “I am pretending. I know Bat-Bear is not actually playing!”

Ottawa, April 2019



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  1. Ah ah on a les mêmes à la maison!
    Et les interros de maths! lol
    Je me disais qu’ils étaient un peu bizarres, mais tu me rassures!

  2. Oh, cette neige !

    J’ai aussi mon lot de mystères… Comme :

    – Pourquoi est-ce que les enfants ne veulent JAMAIS sortir quand je leur propose d’aller faire un tour, mais qu’ensuite ils ne veulent plus rentrer quand c’est l’heure ?
    – Pourquoi est-ce que je retrouve des chaussettes roulées en boule dans tout l’appartement, y compris sous les canapés, dans la salle de bains, dans la cuisine… ? Si j’en retrouve un jour dans le frigo, je ne serai même pas surprise.

    • Oh, j’ai le même pour les sorties! C’est bien simple : quand faut rentrer, il ne veut pas, quand faut sortir, eh bien il ne veut pas non plus. Doivent être croisés avec un chat, nos enfants 😆

  3. Il a bien grandi! Je me rappelle avoir fait des tests de maths et de francais a ma mere haha
    Et j’adore l’anecdote du chocolat. C’est mignon (genre tu vas pas ouvrir la boite ou trouver les emballages sous le canape)

    • The box is on top of the fridge for now, so he wouldn’t be able to reach it anyway 😆 But we have plenty of Easter chocolate around, so it’s probably not his top priority right now. I mean, Lindt chocolate doesn’t come with a surprise, unlike Kinder eggs…

      Do you remember why you gave your mom math and French tests? I wonder what’s the rational for a kid… Just curious!

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