Thursday, March 31, 2011

I want to sleep, tact and waiting my turn.

1. Alec starts to feel overwhelmed by the company of mothers and babies. He squirms, thrashes his arms and spits out my finger, struggling, struggling to tune out and go to sleep. I start to sing one of our lullabies -- Dirty Old Town -- and he catches my eye, sucks on my finger and relaxes. I feel as if I have lit a lantern to lead him out of a dark place.

2. A schoolgirl walking down the train is covered in embarrassment at seeing one of her parents' friends. She half-smiles and then doesn't know what to say or do. The lady mouths a kind 'hallo' and then goes back to her magazine.

3. I'm not going to bolt my supper while Alec fusses 'a-heh, a-heh, a-heh'. I'm going to feed him first, and then I'm going to scramble my eggs.


  1. I love 2, hope I behaved like that & didn't embarrass L&A!

  2. Aawww! That struggle to find a safe moment to sleep. I remember once, walking through the Ren. Faire, (the Queen's "favorite storyteller"), and inquiring about a fussy baby. "Just as he's ready to sleep, something happens to distract him," not surprising on the main road. I stood close, blocking much of the view and sang to him quietly for a bit -- sleeping like an angel. Babies think I sing very well . . . .

  3. what a beautiful turn of phrase. you always seem to put into just the right picturesque words the things we think, but don't know how to say. "lit a lantern to lead him out of a dark place." just beautiful.


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