Friday, February 28, 2014

It's A Good Thing We Have Children When We're Young

Lily and the boys and Hank and my friend Liz Sparks and I had lunch today at Fanny's (the Greek salad is to die for) and sat outside so that Owen and Gibson could run around like two wild men, which they did, under the trees and around the daffodils and only came to the table to eat their grilled cheese. Well, Owen ate his grilled cheese. Gibson ate most of the fried okra and deviled eggs and black olives. He's in an appetizer phase, I guess.

Anyway, after lunch we went to Costco and that's where that little play house was and the boys had to check it out. I think they could have played in it for hours if we'd let them, which we did not. After Costco we went to PUBLIX and Owen wailed and said, "Can someone just stay in the car with me?" But no, Lily and I both had to go in and I bought an inordinate amount of not-very-healthy food. I blame being exhausted. Here's Owen in a monkey disguise.

He ended up having a good time. Gibson, who is going to turn two in twenty days must have read an article about the Terrible Twos because he is suddenly Mr. Negativo. Which is shocking in that he's always been the most delightfully tempered child ever born.
"No, no, no, no, NO!" is what he is mostly saying these days. But he really doesn't want his picture taken. He's like Alec Baldwin with the paparazzi. I fear for my life or a law suit if I try to get a picture of him smiling.

Anyway, I had to come home and go to bed after all that fun. I talk about sleep a lot, don't I? Well, too bad. I love to sleep and do it as frequently as possible.

Now I'm up and Mr. Moon is going out to start the coals to cook us some damn red meat. Don't worry. There will be vegetables. I'm thinking of a nice arugula salad with grapefruit, strawberries, goat cheese and a blueberry-balsamic vinaigrette. So that's vegetables AND fruit. Right? Maybe with pine nuts. Or pecans. Damn but I'm going to miss my arugula when it all dies back. It's already bolting.

Friday night in Lloyd and I'm happy to be here with my husband. When Owen was telling Lily and me jokes today in the car and every one of them had the word "poop" in it, I said to her, "I'm pretty glad I've already done this and that it's your turn."
And I was.
But I'll tell you something else- Owen spontaneously ran up and tackled me today and hugged me and said, "I love you, Mer," and I'm pretty darn delighted to be a grandmother, too.

I hate the expression, "It's all good," because that's a bullshit lie but I think that in this case, it is pretty accurate.

Friday night in Lloyd and it's all good.

See you tomorrow.

Love...Ms. Moon


  1. When you post about your Grandies well, it's just about the sweetest thing ever! It is all good when it comes to them, fits and all. Good that you can hand them to their mama and good when they tackle your knees with a hug.

  2. Friday night in Lloyd sounds pretty nice. Hope you had a wonderful evening with Mr. Moon. And Gibson's behavior sounds about right. Hayden loved getting her picture taken and then just before she hit 2 she decided "no camera for you." Have a great weekend.

  3. I regard you (me and the giant circles under my eyes) as my sleep guru.

  4. How strange that Gibson is now going through the no-photo phase. I remember you saying the same about Owen some time ago. They learn from each other, probably!

  5. 'It's all good' is only about the immediate or particular situation, not about All of Everything, so I think it works just fine here.

  6. me too. I would not want to have a small child 24/7 in my home at this age. I can't believe Gibson is going to be 2 years old. no way it's been two years since that kid was born.

  7. heartinhand- They are such unexpected joy, those children. Yep.
    And exhausting.

    Mr. Shife- Ah, for the days when they posed so sweetly.

    A- And I am humbled to be.

    Steve Reed- Some things they do pick up from each other but some of these stages are just part of being a child, I swear.

    Jo- Being the person I am, I rarely think "it's all good" is appropriate for any situation. Ha!

    Ellen Abbott- I can't believe he's going to be two either. And he's still "the baby" of course.

  8. I must have slept for 12 hours on the boat--it was rainy, windy and chilly. Not much fun beach walking. So I slept and read. The rocking motion is great for sleeping.

  9. Syd- The few times I have slept on a boat, I have felt the same about the gentle rocking.

  10. Two years old? I would have said he turned one about 2 months back. And he turned one about 5 months before that.

    As much as being a mom has been the best thing ever to happen to me (by about a gazillion miles) I would never make a good mom to small children now. I like to sleep too much!


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