Last night’s dinner conversation:
McKay: “Have you noticed that everyone in the family is really good at one thing? Ethan’s really good at reading, Nora’s really good at crawling…”
Gabriel: “I’m really good at messing.”
The funny thing about Gabie’s statement is that it’s so TRUE. He is indeed gifted in the messing department. He rarely plays with toys, but manages to find great delight in all things office-supply, kitchen container, or bed and bath related. He can take a room from clean to disaster in 90 seconds. I love him deeply, but some days, I can see the appeal of public school: maybe he can mess up someone else’s space for a while and give me some time to catch up. Gabie’s nickname: Our little law of entropy.
McKay’s statements were also true: Ethan is a good reader and Nora is – as of this week – a good crawler. She started crawling on the very day I was officially pronounced “healed” and got my boot off, thus making me more able to chase after her. It’s like she was waiting for the go-ahead from me before she proceeded with her new development. I think she’s going to be the considerate one of the family. For now she’s enjoying her new freedom and inspecting every door stopper in the place. The big downside is that our darling little human vacuum is finding every speck of lint and crumb along the way. Her nicknames include: Baby Oreck, Nora the Explorer and Nora-zilla.
Tomorrow, I’ll tie in a work of art about entropy – the Spiral Jetty – and share a few pictures from our family pilgrimage to see it in person.