Monday, August 29, 2005

Today's the day!

We have amassed an amazing amount of luggage. I am still not quite sure how it all adds up, but there you have it - two suitcases packed to the brim, one daypack/child carrier, one diaper bag/purse, one stroller, one travel guitar, one computer case/backpack.

We still have to see where we can squeeze in the clip on high chair and the baby tent/portacrib. When researching tips for airplane travel with an infant, almost everything said that bringing a carseat was imperative. That not bringing a child seat was downright irresponsible. Just THINK how you would feel if there was some turbulence and your child lost a limb because bringing a carseat was too expensive/inconvenient for you? Well, we only have so many limbs with which to carry luggage and child. In this life you have to make choices, and I choose not to transport a carseat among planes, trains, taxis, and metros.

Don't you wish YOU had the seat next to us?

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

A cheerful topic

Death has been on my mind a lot lately. My parents have had two friends die in the past month. Another is caring for a terminally ill friend. My dear friend learned last thursday that her father is dying of liver cancer. Strangely, having the Munch makes me think about death as well. I see how time is so endless for him, so finite for me. In many ways, he is my replacement. I think about the passage of time - how the first 5, 10, 15 years of his life will always be an eternity for him, as the first 5, 10, 15 years of my life were an eternity for me. And yet for me, the next years will rush by, just as this year is rushing by. It becomes more and more difficult to ignore that this acceleration leads to only one definite, unavoidable destination. Tom turns 40 next year. That is just so hard to understand.

And then I watch the season finale of Six Feet Under. It was wonderful - touching, moving, happy, and melancholy. It was morbid, as always. There was something both disconcerting and comforting in watching each of the characters meet their end. I think David's death was the loveliest. He's at a wedding (I lost track of who's). He looks out into the sunny, late afternoon sunshine bathed field and sees his partner Keith, who has been dead for years, tossing the football around with their adopted sons. Keith smiles and him and David dies, falling over in his chair. Wouldn't that be a beautiful way to go. This is going to sound corny, but the message that I got out of all of these final scenes was that at the end of they day, the only thing you have is the love you give and the love you receive. The rest just falls away.

Again I think that contemplating death would be much more tolerable if I had some sort of religion for support. But I don't. I wish in a way that I could make this topic more tolerable for my son, when he becomes aware of his own mortality. I wonder if I could bring him greater peace by raising him with some sort of religion. But to do so when I myself can't believe is hypocritical, if not impossible. There is always a chance he will find a spiritual path on his own, in his own way. Until then, I will just have to fill our lives with as much love as possible, so that at the end of the day, we can look back and measure our lives by the love we have given and the love we have received.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Me, party girl!

Amazing, I have been to TWO WHOLE PARTIES in the last four days. Two whole nights to forget that I spend my days wiping up poop and spit up. It was a glorius, if temporary, return to my former self. I replaced yoga pants and sneakers with fish nets and high heels. I drank beer and vodka and listened to loud music.

The two parties, incidentally, were both 40th birthday parties. They were nothing what I remember from my dad's 40th, which definiately did not include a disco bus or an art gallery.

A special congratulations to dear Brian and Guille, who are now gonna go and get hitched!

Thursday, August 18, 2005

We leave for Spain in 11 days!

I'm getting very excited. I think I have a handle on what to pack for the Munch. I'm a little aprehensive about travelling with a babe, but I think it will work out just fine.

3 1/2 weeks in northern Spain, 2 days in Madrid, one week in Paris.

Here's what I am looking forward to:
* Attending my first Spanish wedding & seeing some people I have not seen in a very long time
* Visiting a corner of Spain I have never been to before
* Staying at one of the oldest hotels in the world
* Going to a country that welcomes babies in bars
* Delicious food, wine, and cider
* People-watching
* Walking my ass off in Paris, Munch in tow

Nervous about:
* Easing back into my Spanish - I'm going to be a stumbling idiot for the first couple of days.
* Fitting 4 adults, one child seat, 4 suitcases, 2 backpacks, 1 stroller and 1 travel guitar into our european station wagon.
* Munch tolerating some long driving days
* Munch screaming himself to sleep and disturbing other hotel guests
* Comprenez-vous l'anglais?

Thursday, August 04, 2005

I have some questions

1. Exactly why did the previously delighful spa experience known as the diaper change become the most inhumane torture? And how long does this phase last? I should videotape this and show it to you whenever I want to make you feel guilty for the rest of your life.

2. When, oh when, does the spit up stop? Frankly, dearest babe, I am tired of it. Tired of running for a wipe, tired of changing my clothes and yours three times a day. If I never had to smell sour milk again it would be too soon, know what I mean?

3. At what point do you become aware that rasberrying your food makes it rather difficult to ease your hunger? It is not okay for your diet to consist solely of Cheerios.