Thursday, November 06, 2008

The work of tantrums in the age of digital reproduction

It was a garden variety, dinner-time meltdown. Something about the noodles not staying on her fork, or the refusal of her parents to find her something to eat other than what was on her plate, or a boogery nose, or just the length of the day.

We let her out of her high chair but she stayed right next to the table, so that she could continue to express her displeasure at the world. For an audience. It was funny: who gets mad at their fork and then methodically rips off their clothes in protest?

Oh well. She's two. She has tantrums. It is the wisdom of the ages that two year olds were ever thus. But how often do they turn to the camera and unleash their fury on the hapless photog?

video

It's like she's a boozy starlet who knows her PR rep is not going to be happy to see this footage on TMZ in the morning.

When did wee little kids become so media-aware (asks the media professor who has been blogging her toddler's life for two years)?

10 comments:

ewe are here said...

It was funny: who gets mad at their fork and then methodically rips off their clothes in protest?

2 year olds. heh heh

I'll turn it off now. heh heh heh

alejna said...

Too, too funny.

Sometimes I have to hold back my giggles when I am trying to derail a tantrum. Sometimes I get mad. Sometimes, somehow, both.

naomicatgirl said...

Hey, are you on facebook? I have a video there of my 2 year old having a tantrum, yelling "NO PICTURES" to me.

Yes, so when he has a tantrum, I simply grab the camera. Glad to know I'm not the only one! *grin*

Beck said...

The socks must go! Free yourself from the terrible tyranny of socks!

The first two year old you have is quite the shock. Later ones, though? Phh. They're just funny.

cinnamon gurl said...

Heh. I was GOING to comment about how Swee'pea often hates having his picture taken, but then he insisted on watching your video like 10 times. Baby crying, he kept saying. But he had a sadistic grin on his face.

crazymumma said...

I always liked it when they did the excorcist kind of arching and screaming.

Patti said...

Haha, I love it! The little authoritative index finger held up in the air....

Assertagirl said...

I have very little to say about toddler tantrums, having endured fairly few in my thus far childless adult life, but nice hardwood floors!

Her Bad Mother said...

Genius. I would pay cash money to catch one of Emilia's meltdowns on vid. You know, to mock her with it later.

Jenifer said...

That kind of just sums up two then doesn't it?