severus does things

I’d like to add, in light of recent conversations going around Tumblr, that is it perfectly all right to blog about what you don’t like. If you don’t understand a ship, or a character, or a show, and you want to post about it, feel free. Because in the end, it’s your blog and you can post whatever you want. 

But

Don’t tag it. Don’t tag your anti-ship stuff with the ship name. Don’t tag your character hate with the character name. Tag it anti ~ship~ or ~character~ hate. Let people who like the thing like it. 

And people who like something–as long as those who don’t aren’t being mean about it, leave them alone. This goes for morally grey characters, too. If you’re fascinated by their complexity, that’s cool. But if other fans of the show or movie or book find them less redeemable than you do… that doesn’t mean they don’t understand the character, or that they need to read the books again. It means they view the character differently than you do, and that needs to be okay. 

anonymous asked:

What are some normal thankless parent things severus does? Like idk did he do normal things an involved parent does like, like cooking a nutritious yet child friendly diet (hello peeled grapes cut in half), or have conversations about bodily functions when she was sick, and how on earth did he manage potty training?

- so starting off with potty training; severus had no clue what age kids were expected to do that, so he assumed that ariel was.

- she was not.

- when severus realized this, he had to force down a calming draught, which he hates/never takes because they make him feel weak, and put on a brave face.

- basically he tried to make it clear to a two year old that he wouldn’t be happy if he had to change diapers, and of course, ariel didn’t understand because ariel was two, and so it became this cycle of severus going “WHY DIDNT YOU TELL ME YOU HAVE TO USE THE LOO” and ariel finding this very funny.

- so after a few weeks severus realized that he probably needed to do more than verbally order a baby to not wet themselves, and went to ask poppy

-poppy was not a fan at first because snape was 1. an ex death eater and 2. himself, and was extremely rude to her.

- so poppy told him that kids learn on their own, like cats, in order to fuck with him.

- severus did not believe this, so he started reading books.

- eventually, he started just periodically taking ariel to the loo hoping that a habit would form.

- the first time ariel tugged on his trousers and said “loo” severus almost wept years of joy

- potty training was the most stressful thing severus has done to date, to say the least. he preferred spying to it.

among other thankless dad-duties would include;

- he would carry her up and down the hallway to help her fall asleep

- he really hated it but if ariel insisted he’d let her sleep in his bed

- if ariel was sick severus would stay by her bed all night and it would fuck up his back

- you asked about meals!!! so severus did the cooking at home; he’s vegetarian, if that gives any insight. if ariel was fussy about not eating severus wouldn’t let her leave the table until she finished or ate an amount that was satisfactory.

- when ariel was really little, however, she would want her sand which cut a certain way, and severus had to learn to just do it instead of telling her “no that’s stupid and unnecessary the sandwhich will taste the same whether it’s in triangles or squares”

- that applied to other things too, like fruit and vegetables.

- god FORBID any foods touched the other ariel would scream bloody murder if that happened so severus had to get out of those plates that separates everything to avoid future meltdowns.

- he made her drink a nutriance potion with every meal until she turned 11

- severus also puts away a little money at the end of every term towards a fund that’s specifically for ariel once she graduates hogwarts. at this point severus doesn’t think he’ll live to see that anyway, so everything he has goes to her, but just in case, it’ll be his gift to her once she’s 18.

- when ariel was sick, severus’ main concern was making sure ariel didn’t suffer, so he usually gave her dreamless sleep and hoped that she slept through it while her body healed.

- however, when she got the stomach flu, that wasn’t an option.

- i had the stomach flu finals week of my freshmen year of college (the single WORST thing that has ever happened to me lemme tell you) and you can’t control either end of your body. it’s just horrible you feel disgusting and helpless and insanely ill.

- so ariel got this when she was 7, and it happened in the middle of the night so she was afraid to wake up and getting her dad so she just sat over the toilet bowl and used it for whatever her body dictated it to be used for.

- when severus heard the shower turn on at 5 am he knew something was weird, and found ariel sitting under the water with the shakes, sick out of her mind.

- when you’re that kind of sick, the shower feels like the best place because you can just kind of…. let go, so severus felt pretty helpless. ariel couldn’t hold anything down, not even potions.

- but he sat in the bathroom all day and read to her, and when she finally stopping vomiting/messing herself, severus dried her off carried her back to bed, and then spent the night reading about how to spot early signs of the flu/prevention.

- i guess other thankless things would be academics/holidays.

- severus basically had a “let the kid discover as we go” approach which worked very well for ariel, so she usually found tutoring enjoyable (unless it was math)

- for stuff like christmas/her birthday, severus usually bought ariel books; one year there was a cat, but ariel was allergic, and then as a replacement severus got her a fish, but ariel made the bowl explode when she got mad about something else.