Now that Craig and I have a baby of our own in Uganda waiting for us to come introduce ourselves to her, we took our date last night at the baby superstore. I have cheated because I went with my friend Erica a few weeks ago when she was visiting from Arizona. So it was my great joy to experience Craig’s return to a land long forgotten. These stores are somewhat overwhelming but being experienced parents we knew the difference between necessities and a stupid waste of money. Craig found the crib he liked immediately and the bedding we liked is of course a sweet ballet pink with milk chocolate brown. I will mix that with some leopard print because after all, we are not taking the Africa out of this child.
We pushed strollers, tried to understand the variety of carseats, and rubbed our faces with the ultra soft pink blankets. We priced diapers, and decided not to calculate the total cost of that necessity. It was great entertainment to enjoy the deja vu. It wasn’t so great to be the oldest new parents in the store.
We laughed a little because when we had our youth we had no money, and now that we don’t have our youth we have the money. Can’t have everything in life.
My goal all weekend long was to drag this husband of mine kicking and screaming to see the movie ‘BABIES’. I did not want to wait for the DVD. I was surprised by his resistence. On Friday night it was raining heavily so I figured a movie was a great idea. Somehow I convinced him to do it for me. He dropped me at the door to go park. As I went to get tickets he sprinted through the rain and arrived soaking wet to find out that the projector for BAbies had blown out for the night. He wiggled out of this movie and informed me that was it he didnt’ want to see it.
So, after shopping at the baby store the next night, I hit him again with it. I hoped he would be so endeared by seeing all the baby things that he’d enjoy watching real babies. He was opposed. But he also knew I wouldn’t give up and he’d have no peace until we saw it together so he conceded to give in so I wouldn’t ruin the rest of his weekend with my pressures. Quote: “I am taking you to that movie right this minute to end my misery and save the rest of my weekend.”
In case you don’t know about this movie let me tell you. A documentary was made without narrative taking four babies from Mongolia, Tokyo, Namibia, and SanFrancisco. They filmed the stages of growth over a year of the children. It was fascinating to see the universality of human babies and the cultural differences of parenting. Craig did enjoy it, but at the end it became late and he began to nod off. He won’t comment probably only to prevent me from being able to say “I told you so.”
I have kept telling him however how happy he made me by going to see it with me. I suppose I owe him a golf tournament or something equally boring to me.