…but only few of them remember it
Me: (in LA making an early reservation) We’re the only people of our age that eat this early.
Gymgirl: (laughing) “Our age?!” There is no “our age.” We’re almost two decades apart on age.
Me: Well, this trip is ruined.
Now that I finally finished up my LA Travelogue, we can get back to the mundane day-to-day.
Didn’t do anything beyond try to catch up sleep for New Year’s Eve. Some other stuff happened but that’s an entry for some other time.
There’s a stomach bug going around NYC. Both the Gymgirl and the kid caught it in a spectacular fashion.
Her: (holding the boy) This is number three. We’re running out of clean sheets for him.
Me: I’ll figure out what to do about the bed, can you take care of him again?
Her: (looking down at her clothes, covered in vomit) Sure, I’ve got a whole system now.
She’s been really wonderful with the kid, and with me.
Me: I mentioned Alison a lot in the blog recently, I hope you don’t mind.
Her: (shakes head) I never mind.
I feel Alison would approve; in some ways, the Gymgirl treats him a lot more like Alison would than I do in that she’s strict but kind whereas I’m the softie.
Her: You’re clearly the weakest link. And he knows it.
Me: He’s my little guy!
Her: See! Weakest link…
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, whom I mention in this blog quite often, once said that, All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.
Me: I dunno if he’ll like that.
Her: He will. You don’t remember your childhood, because you’re ancient. I still do.
Me: That’s hurtful
But I think bullied children, for better or worse, remember their childhoods quite clearly.
Again, the trick is figuring out which parts of your past to bring with you to your future.
It’s part of why I try not to mention the kid too much.
Because I want him to have his own story, separate from mine, Alison’s, and the Gymgirl’s. I don’t wanna give him the baggage of countless pictures and stories that he may or may not want out there in the world.
I remember my mom and dad – who were always proud of me – showing off pictures and stories about me.
I remember hating that, the way all kids hate things like that.
I made my own mistakes and lived my own life and I want him to be able to live his as well, without me trying to live it for him.
Me: (worried) Is he ok?
Her: Go to sleep Logan, I’ll stay with him.
Me: Maybe I should stay.
Her: I can sleep anywhere, you know that. I’ll sleep on the couch, next to him. (gently) Go. I got this.