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Let's Panic: The Book!

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How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant
who Will Ruin Your Body, Destroy Your Life, Liquefy Your Brain,
and Finally Turn You
into a Worthwhile
Human Being.

Written by Alice Bradley and Eden Kennedy

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Wherein we display our enviable dramatic skills

I baked oatmeal chocolate-chip cookies the other day. Because I wanted to give my son a treat. Because sometimes I can be a kind and loving Mother. It’s not like Henry never gets treats, kids; he gets them pretty much every day, but for whatever reason, these cookies made him suspicious. What is she planning? What is she trying to accomplish, with this whole homemade cookie junk?

At least I think that’s what was going on. All I can say is, he ate a single cookie in the oddest, most irritating way possible. As if there might be sprouts or poison lurking somewhere within the cookie. I was going to write about it, but I couldn’t possibly describe his insane cookie-eating method in a way that would do it justice.

So instead, Scott and I reenacted it for you. Here you are.

Dramatic Reenactment of Our Son, Eating a Cookie from Alice Bradley on Vimeo.


Reader Comments (136)

How did you keep a straight face for so long? Really impressive!
June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate
Next time he does that with an edible treat- walk around the house giggling and keep asking him "How do you feel now?" "Do you still feel normal?"Good times!
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June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLasha
I love me my visual aids, so that was great. Being a homeowner, though, I couldn't help thinking the whole time, "I wonder where they got those great kitchen cabinets?"
June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge
I am totally LOL'ing. That was great!!!
June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky
Never stop blogging Alice! that was wonderful
June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTamara
So funny! I'm sure this video will be referenced more than once in his decades of therapy. :-)
June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTansasser
HAHAHA! Oh my god that was amazing. I love how you progressively got more and more stuff on your face. You should definitely do more of these videos, you're a natural.
June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie
I'm dead now.
June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbeth
i loved this so much.
June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjen
That is GREAT!! I was grinning up to a point and then "I don't like this part" made me snort a little bit of diet Pepsi through my nose and after that it was out-loud laughing the rest of the way. Thanks!
June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJan
Kind of makes you wish your plane HAD GONE DOWN on the way to or from Paris, doesn't it? Who know cookie-eating could go so (hilariously) wrong?
June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmi
So funny. Always be wary of non-processed home baked goods that don't come out of a package that says, "OREO" or that is not advertised during cartoons. And you thought you were being a domestic goddess.
June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
Why? Why do we procreate?
June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEOMama
This was fantabulous, it simultaneously makes me love Henry more and be impressed by your acting. I smell an Oscarrrrrr.

Also, when our kid eats certain things I just leave the room.
June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterjenB
That was hilarious!
June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachael
Hilarious! Thank you for your video - I enjoyed it quite a lot.
June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkristen
Too funny. Maybe make some broccoli cookies next time. If he's gonna be freaked out at least he'll be freaked out with more fiber. :)
June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWendy
That? Was hilarious.
June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy D.
I am so excited to add "dramatic reenactment" to my arsenal of tricks to use when I really just want to deck my kid.
June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth
Fantastic! Loved your reenactment! Excellent acting!

Maybe he was trying to eat the chocolate and not the cookie? Oy, there is no understanding a six year old boy brain.
June 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergeminijen
It's even funnier the second time around. Let me tell you.
June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz
um, your son and i may share some of the same tendencies.
June 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbklyn76
You must live at my house!! My son, who is 12, does with EVERY NEW FOOD!! He practically brings down his microscope and magnifying lens to examine every portion of the new food, flipping it this way and that way, looking for mismatching colors on the food. Food must be even toned throughout, you know.

We've been to "feeding specialists" with me in tears, they advise exposure and desensitization therapies. So far, no solid results. I don't know what's going on: but it is a relief to be able to laugh at it with you, I'm tired of all the seriousness and tears over it.

That was HILARIOUS!! And your husband, my reaction, exactly: walk away , hands in the air, "eat it or don't eat it..I don't care."

Loved it, now I get to see it in real life 3 x today, but at least I'll have your video in my mind to make me laugh.

You two are great together...
June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra
Kudos to you Alice for acting the part without laughing because I found it hard to watch without doubling over, with tears streaming down my face.

Have you ever considered a career in film?:-)
June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmbee

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