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By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Pedley's Ponderings

Remember how stupid feels


September 3, 2020

Parenthood is an exercise in fruitless repetition. I was reminded of that recently by our energetic 3-year-old, Oliver.

As he’s prone to do, the boy was bouncing off the walls one day and climbed atop our living room couch. He grinned wildly and flashed me a crazed look, which told me all I needed to know.

“Don’t do it,” I said coldly. “You’re going to hurt yourself…”

The boy jumped, promptly hurting himself and causing a mini-meltdown. After comforting him, I offered a bit of advice that I hoped might stick somewhere in his rapid-fire brain.

“The next time you think it’...

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