A penchant for primates (of the sock variety)

I’ve discovered I have an underlying fetish. It’s sock monkeys. Early in the summer I purchased this Matryoshka-like nesting doll set:

and the other day I ordered this game for Soph from Chapters:

Except the other day I found this same game at Winners so I bought one for a friend’s toddler for Christmas.

And every morning I slip my sleepy feet into my spectacular pair of Target sock monkey slippers:

Soph has a pink sock monkey in her room, from Toys R Us. Kind of like this one:

Then I got thinking about the history this little monkey…

Red HeelĀ® socks were first cranked out of the factory in 1890 by The Nelson Knitting Mills in Rockford Illinois (John was a Swedish immigrant). What’s Swedish for “socks”? I don’t know. Ask someone at Ikea. Anyway, John set up his sock knitting machines in 1869, and the Nelson Knitting Co was incorporated in 1880 – the first to manufacture socks! His famous toe-concealers were worn mostly by farmers and factory workers, now seen on Ugg-wearing tweens and high school girls. In 1932, John urged his factory workers to lovingly sew a red heel into each sock so people would know they were the real sock-sewing deal.

Sock monkeys were created by clever crafters as toys during the Depression, using Mr. Nelson’s smelly worn out special red-tipped socks. In 1951 Nelson Knitting Mills started to include the directions on how to make your own SM with each pair of their Red HeelĀ® Socks.

The dreaded lock check at school

Excuse me, but doesn’t that make your head itch?

After school today Soph said, “Someone had to check our hair!” Of course right away I knew it must’ve been lice check day.

“What were they looking for?” I asked.

“BUGS!” she said.

“Did they go through your hair with sticks that looked like chopsticks?” I asked.

“Ya!” She laughed.

“Maybe they were going to eat your hair like noodles,” I suggested.

…Later on I figured I’d better find out one more thing. “Did anyone in your class have bugs in their hair?”

“No,” she responded.

Thank @#$@!!!

By the way…

Q: How does a head lice make passage through a canal?

A: Dreadlocks!

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Lullabies from the homeland

Sad little Soph and mom, just outside her orphanage and just before we whisked her away, onto the bus and back to the hotel.

I’m getting ready to hand over my old pink iPod nano to Soph, because: a) she’s a big girl now and likes to listen to our music and also sleepy music at night time. b) I need to use her old clunky Windows-based MP3 player for little sister and it’s got a lot of great lullabies on it.

One of the albums on the player takes me back to the very first days we were home from China with Soph, and many nights since. I bought the CD Asian Dreamland at a kid’s store before going overseas and I had a ton of music all ready and loaded so she’d have music to listen to once she was in her new room, with her new family. A series that I also really like is the

Yesterday I spent some time searching for kid’s music from Thailand but didn’t have any luck. So I’ll have to source out some other type of Thai relaxation music for our new little one, who’s waiting for us in Bangkok right now. She will be turning 2 in December and I’m really hoping that we can travel to Thailand in December to bring her home for Christmas AND her birthday, otherwise we’ll have to wait until January.

I find it really interesting that Soph and her new sister have so much in common, despite their countries of birth. They were/are both 77cm tall at the time we received their referrals (pictures, profile, and mountain of adoption paperwork), we received both of the girl’s referrals in October and their birthdays are within less than 2 months of each other. And, providing we can go in December, we would have brought both girls home just in time for their first Christmas in Canada.

Anyway, If you’re looking for some familiar homeland music for your adopted little one, consider Asian Dreamland. I like listening to it myself. It’s very relaxing. A portion of the sales of Putumayo Kids music is donated to the Worldwide Orphans Foundation, “in support of their efforts to enrich the lives and enhance the well-being of children living in orphanages throughout Asia and the rest of the world.”