Well, I suppose the very best thing you can do after setting up a new blog is get sick--immediately--for several days. Lack of posts builds mystery and anticipation.

And although this is mostly supposed to a blow-by-blow about Leelo and how we're hauling his little butt back from autismland, I've got another topic to blurp about first:

Leelo's four-year-old sister, Isobel, loves to talk about how she's going to marry our five-year-old neighbor girl, Tea She's got it all set up, too--Isobel will be the one to have the baby and take care of it, while poor Tea is going to do all the 'bum wiping.' She's going to take Tea's last name, too. (The fact that she'd yet to propose the scenario to Tea daunted her not one bit). If other kids at school told her she couldn't marry a girl, she'd give them the four-year-old version of "fuck you I can do whatever I want." Her self-satisfied liberal mommy was oh-so-elated.

Well, lately she's decided she'd rather marry her best friend Max, who is a boy. Why the change of heart, you wonder? Well, it turns out that my very own dear mother--who up to this point has been politely directing all her remarks about our errors in childrearing to me--decided that she needed to take this one into her own hands. She told Isobel that girls could only marry boys and that girls who did otherwise were doing something wrong. I am sure Isobel mentioned to her grandma that her friend Molly has two moms and who are married and share a last name, but I suspect my mom verbally steamrolled her. So now, instead of the usual joyous proclamations about Tea, I hear mutterings about marrying Max.

When I confronted my mom about this, she took the stance of moral indignation, i.e., "Well, you KNOW it's wrong!" No, mom, I don't. To paraphrase my eloquent dear friend Ep (after Canada's recent landmark decision to legalize same-sex marriage): who exactly goes gay marriage threaten?

So, anyhow, I had to pull mom rank for the first time and told her that she was no longer welcome to share her opinion on this matter with her granddaughter.

Now hopefully she'll stop talking about how people lose weight to be thin, as opposed to being healthy...

Legitimate Leelo entry later, possibly tomorrow.

P.S. Yankees, if you're considering going to Canada to get a legal same-sex marriage, there are three things to consider:

1) Your marriage won't be considered valid in the United States--yet.
2) Canada will consider your marriage absolutely legal--so much so that to get a divorce you'll have to live in Canada for a year first to establish residency.
3) If you get all hopped-up and hotheaded and decide to go to Canada anyhow so that you can come back here and file a case to legalize your new state of wedded bliss, don't--at least not until you consult with someone like Lambda Legal (www.lambdalegal.org). A badly-run case could set the cause back years.

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