Something to compare

What Ben did this weekend:
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Canyoneering in the Italian Alps. In case you don’t know what “canyoneering” is, it’s basically following a drop of water through some remote, nearly inaccessible area. Canyoneering usually involves using ropes to rappell down waterfalls, seeing sights that only a few hundred people have ever seen, and terrifying me.

What I did this weekend:

  • Spent 80 minutes soothing Sophie to sleep. At each nap-time.
  • Watched “Elmo’s Potty Time” twice a day, every day. And actually found it funny — that may be the surest sign that I need more adult companionship. But this particular episode of Sesame Street is brought to you by the letter P and the number 2. Really.
  • Circled the beach three times, seeking parking.
  • Watched my good friend almost crying in frustration at her own daughter’s terrible twos, and felt impotent.
  • Watched Sophie share her bike-trailer with another friend (“the bike couch!”), grinning and reading to each other from the little books I keep in the bike-trailer. This was so cute, it almost mitigates the mundanity of the rest of this list.

Ben says that when he returns, he’ll have to watch Sophie a bit so that I can go out for some grappa. He’s right. But it is almost four months of Sophie-watching that he owes me, now, much more than the bit of one grappa-outing.

I don’t actually want any grappa or even canyoneering. I would like, though, to be able to go swimming in the ocean that is a mile from my house. Just for fifteen minutes; maybe even ten — but I find it physically impossible to keep a toddler safe at the beach AND go swimming myself.  I keep telling myself there’s only one more month of single-parenting left, only one more month.

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One response to “Something to compare

  1. celochick

    Somehow, it doesn’t quite equate, does it…our time and their time? Dave rode around Lake Tahoe while I watched the girls (oh, I did get in a short ride though) . Dave did 90 miles while I watched the girls but we got to swim in Grammy & Poppy’s pool.

    O starts school this week. I think maybe Fridays will be a good day (afternoons from 11:30-3:00) to get together with the Sofaloafs!

    Take care and hang in there!

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