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Sunday, October 01, 2006

art and chaos

Desparate young mother calls for help. Screaming baby in the background. When are you coming over? So I go. Take a bag of small projects that need finishing. I know what it's like to have a husband go out of town when you have a cranky baby who never gives you any peace. We were living out of the country when my daughter was this age and there was no one to come to my rescue. So I get there and the house is quiet. Naturally because grandma has arrived, he is smiling and cooing. My daughter gets to work on her laundry and I coo back to him and talk with the big sister. She's pretty desparate for interaction, too.
The afternoon rolls by nicely. medium_2006-09-30_001.jpgWe do laundry, M sews buttons on felt (with lots of help) for a button collection book, J makes a tiny beaded teapot, I sew some signatures into tiny books that I have previously ripped the plastic guts out of and decorated the covers. I also try to make another book out of handwoven that is less successful.
Finally Grandpa arrives and we go to dinner. More screaming baby in the echo chamber that is my minivan and a few miles later we are at a Mexican restaurant where the food is lousy but they have free ice cream cones. I should have ordered the mac-n-cheese like my granddaughter did. She eats the tortillas off my enchiladas after I scrape off the green stuff. Yuk. Baby and I wait outside where he is willing to let me sit down for awhile until everyone else finishes eating. I don't want to get back into the echo chamber but we have to get home. Quickly so he can eat again. M is spending the night with us and by the time we get there, she is sound asleep in her carseat. We all make an early night of it. Screaming baby has worn us all out.

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