Gregory Peck, the handsome devil.
There is a great debate going on about whether or not people should buy Harper Lee's new book Go Set A Watchman because she may, or may not have, been taken advantage of in her old age to publish something she never meant the public to see. Basically, Atticus Finch is a racist bastard in the new book and I don't like the idea of naming my kid after some intolerant asshole who is only in existence because some slimy piece of shit conned a 93 year old woman who has limited use of her faculties to sign her name on the grubby, greedy, dotted bottom line.
Here's an article about it...
Our Kid Is Not Named After A Racist
So, anyway, that's the back story on his name and some new info about whether you should buy a book that was probably published without the author's full permission or understanding.
Now, I get to the point of the entry...
The other day my husband and I were goofing around with Atticus and he started yelling, "POMPALINDA!! POMPALINDA!!" He sounded like a soccer fan going bat shit crazy over his favorite team. It was hilarious.
We thought it was super funny that a kid who can't even say "peanut butter," and who pronounces the word "frog" like our favorite cuss word, would blurt out a longish word in Spanish and say it with such authority and gusto.
This went on for a few hours, and into the next day. Even as we were walking our other kiddoes to school, Atticus' dad and I joined in on the Spanish chant, "POMPALINDA! POMPALINDA!"
Then, I got to thinking. I have heard of hundreds of case studies where children are more receptive to past lives and some can recall them in great detail. Some of them recall past lives that were lived in other countries and these children can point out a specific street or home if driven past the place they can recall in their memories, and, in some cases, can even recall names of family members, friends, and coworkers. And, some kiddoes can speak in other languages never taught to them... HOLY SHIT...
WHAT IF MY KID WAS SOME SORT OF AWESOME ITALIAN MOBSTER IN HIS PAST LIFE?? OR A SPANISH CONQUISTADOR???!
Your father and I are so proud of your past life accomplishments, son...
*wiping tears away with sleeve*
Well, as it turns out, we have an awesome friend who speaks Spanish who I could text and ask what this phrase means so I can get to the bottom of this past life business.
Me: Hey! Atticus started saying something in Spanish that we've never heard before. Does Pompalinda mean anything??? I looked it up and it is a place but I can't find it's meaning.
Friend: It depends because 'pompis' means 'butt' and 'linda' means 'cute'.
So... Basically... All week long we have been running all over town (including various spots on the school campus) shouting, "CUTE BUTT!!"
I Googled "Cute Butts," and now I feel like eating a gallon of ice cream and this puppy's ass is the only thing keeping me from crying about the sad state of my back end.
WHY DO I KEEP GOOGLING THINGS??!
And, there you have it. Our little Atticus can't grow up to be the racist monster in Harper Lee's new book because he'll be too busy looking up old flames from the 1920's to cat call as they roll past him in their irresistible wheel chairs and those foxy little crocheted booties.
These are actually adorable and I might buy some to distract people from looking at my oh-so-obvious contempt for squats that is hanging off of the bottom of my spine.