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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)

Would've laughed a lot harder, if it weren't for the tears since this is a page out of my life.

You hit every nuance on the head.

Welcome to my world.

LOVED IT! More! cuz if we don't laugh, we'll cry...
June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra
ha ha ha ha ha...

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteremily ruth
I forward stuff like this to my husband all the time, and he watches four seconds of it and blows it off.

Not this time. I heard a weak little noise coming from his computer, and I went over there and found him literally helpless with laughter, tears running down his face, almost falling out of his chair, just silently laughing and laughing and laughing and laughing and laughing.

A winner is you.
June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn
Pitch perfect. How many takes did it take to play it straight?
June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPamela Goldsteen
I love the little shrug!!
June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErica
Looks somewhat familiar. Only my three won't even try ONE BITE of something unfamiliar.

As for your little film: very funny. But I think you need to fire the continuity guy: your chocolate smudges were migrating ALL OVER YOUR FACE!

June 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWendyPinNJ
That was awesome!
June 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramy
Still giggling... you;re tagged here:
June 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKel
To play Devil's/Henry's advocate, what EXACTLY did you put in the cookies, Alice? :)
June 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichael F.
Oh, that's it! It's the OATMEAL. No wonder. What the hell were you thinking baking a six year old cookies with OATMEAL? Might as well tossed some fava beans in there while you were at it.
June 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFranca Bollo
Hilarious!! I don't know how you and Scott did that without laughing.
June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
You might not believe me, but I swear, my dog does that with any people food I offer her. Like peanut butter. She sniffs it, just barely touches her tongue to it, and then looks at me like "I just know there's poison in there and I'm not eating that". And dogs are supposed to eat ANYTHING!
June 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergeeky
LOVE it. Could picture my kid, right there, in that chair.... making those faces....You slay me!
June 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoanne
HOW did you not die laughing making this video? Hilarious.
June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeegan
so funny.i can picture this happening in my own home, at our kitchen table in only a wee matter of time. jesus, how do you keep from ripping the cookie out of their hands and stomping it on the floor?...
June 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersybil teles
OMG! Alice I love you even more for sharing this. I'm sitting here at work giggling at my desk. I may save this post and watch it on days when I'm feeling sad because this will make me laugh for sure.

How did you resist from smacking the cookie out of his hands? It is a cookie for crying out loud! Henry has such a hard life, being forced to eat a cookie. I don't know how he does it.
June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSandi
Hahaha! What did Henry think of this??? (^_^)'
June 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramigurumigirl
I had to watch it with the sound off cause my kids were watching Bee Movie and I still laughed crazily inside. I love that Scott would do this with you!
June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErika
So many things I read say things like LOL! or Hilarious! I usually say, Meh, or maybe I might possibly smile.

This time, you actually brought genuine tears of laughter to my eyes.
June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEchidna girl
Oh my god. That is SO funny. More reenactments, please?
June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPA
I love it! I have 2 kids who approach Made-by-Mom treats the exact same way. You nailed it perfectly. Thanks for the laugh.
June 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteronthecurb
Oh Sweet Jesus I about fell off the couch watching your video I was laughing so hard.More please!Nicole
June 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternicolefrancine
I want a cookie. And you guys ought to have a sitcom.
My older daughter is 11, and she still approaches ALL unfamiliar foods in that same way.
July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrina
That is flippin' hilarious!!!!
July 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole Drysdale

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