pbs parents

the Arthur episode about chickenpox came out before the chickenpox vaccine was widely used in the US, so it’s not surprising that Arthur’s parents describe chickenpox as a normal childhood illness. the vaccine was introduced to the US in 1995, and the episode was being made the same year or early in 1996.

the interlude of the episode features children talking about how much it sucks to be sick, even if you might get to eat in bed or stay home from school—because you’re miserable the whole time.

I’m really glad i was lucky enough to have not had chickenpox in the time between birth and when I was offered the vaccine in 1999 because itching is sensory hell.

please vaccinate your children against this highly contagious illness that is sensory hell and can result in permanent scars. I’m really glad that our toddler has been vaccinated against it so she won’t have to suffer from it.

Talking to Parents About Shipping Be Like
  • Me: Oh this? This is just Skylox, one of my ships.
  • Parent: What's a ship?
  • Me: *thinks: I knew this was gonna happen someday....* Uhhh... Well basically I like the idea of two real or fictional people together.
  • Parent: .... I don't get it...
  • Me: ......Well...Uhmmmm.... I'm gonna go now.... *runs upstairs*
  • Parent: ... *shrugs and goes back to watching TV*
*me watching Teletubbies with my one-year-old nephew, at first*  “This show is BS. These chubby astro-turf aliens are simply weird, bizarre minions of the anti-Christ and hypnotising kids everywhere for likely nefarious, murderous purposes.”

*after a week of watching this programming*

“I love you, Po. I want to cuddle you endlessly! I will take care of you all! You have no parents around, so it’s up to me! I can nurture you! You’re all so wonderful and lovely!”

It’s too late for me, guys. I know that now. But, please, save yourselves. Don’t watch this programme.  


This classic pork and cabbage dumpling recipe is super simple and it makes a ton. So have yourself a dumpling folding party and pop the extras in the freezer for an easy dinner any time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZemP4RjRSNk