My mother called last night and asked whether I am depressed because I am unemployed. I assured her that such is not the case, that it is so nice to relax and to be able to do what I want to do rather than what I have to do. But you know how it is, mothers are always worried, so they are hard to convince.
I wish you had been here today, Mom. Then perhaps you’d understand.
My niece has college classes very early on Wednesday mornings, so she saved some time by bringing her baby over here yesterday in the evening. The little one was with us all night and most of the day today. At one year old, she is a handful for my wife and mother-in-law to handle together. It is a wonder that my niece, or any mother, can retain her sanity. I have learned that, at this age, they require attention every minute.
I have said it before and I’ll say it again: There is nothing like being surrounded by extended family. Many humorous and maddeningly frustrating moments result, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I just soak it all in and bask in the glow.
The baby takes a few steps here and there, but mostly she toddles back and forth and it is necessary to keep an eye on her at all times. She is fond of opening and closing cabinets, hiding behind furniture, pulling on cords and knocking things over. Today, we brought over her favorite toy, a doll-sized stroller that she likes to push about without a doll in it. Her latest gift was a plush Eeyore that is supposed to be Halloween-themed, but looks to me as if it has antlers on its head. I call it Rudolph the Red-Nosed Eeyore, and the little one loves to cuddle it.
Little Miss Trouble wanders between us, checking on who is willing to give her attention at any given moment. All the while, we have Baby TV playing in the background. If you are not familiar with this British-based Fox franchise, let me just say that after about five continuous hours, you feel like you’re getting soft in the head and your brains are turning to a soupy mush. But the Bug wiggles her diapered bottom and dances to the music, so we get a lot of laughs and have no choice but to keep the baby shows playing.
Last week, I ended up sharing some guacamole with the Bug at a family get-together. Then last night we had some overripe avocados, so I made a fresh batch. Guess who crawled over for a taste. Now my wife is trying to teach the baby to call me Uncle Guacamole.
Other than that, the day was uneventful, except for the time my wife was holding the baby in her lap when the Bug suddenly thrust her head backward into my wife’s face, nearly giving her a black eye. Ouchie!
Oh, and then my niece came over with a friend and a pumpkin after her classes were done for the day. They sat out on the walk with Little Miss Fussy and carved a pumpkin. After that, we watched the little one so that my niece could take her mother out to dinner to butter her up. It worked. She returned with her septum pierced.
See, Mom? You have nothing to worry about. My cup runneth over with love.