Forgive me for my absence. Writer's Block. It's a terrible affliction.
Yesterday evening, I was leaving downtown at around 6:20 PM, a good hour after most downtown work bees have already gone home. I pulled up to a stop light at an intersection just before the entrance to the interstate, where A HUGE, scary-looking man was crossing the otherwise deserted street. (No other cars, no other people, just me and the dude.)
He stopped in the middle of the road and started yelling at me.
I was frightened. He yelled some more, gesturing and pointing.
My heart was racing.
He came up to the driver's side door as I frantically checked to make sure the door was locked and wondered if I was about to be carjacked. (In hindsight, it never once occurred
to me to blow through the red light!)
He leaned his face close to my window and yelled,
"LADY! YOUR LIGHTS AREN'T ON! YOU'RE GONNA KILL YOURSELF!"
Which just goes to show you that sometimes
first impressions are worth a big pile of elephant dung. (Remember that Ted Bundy
looked like the sort of harmless guy you could safely ask for directions.)
Thank you, kind, frightening looking Good Samaritan. Your mizpah
was much appreciated.
We have been celebrating the referral of the beautiful Miss Ella to our great friends H&L.
If you haven't been over to see their beautiful girl - go bask in the adorableness that is Ella.
Lana, however, has been less than enthused about the idea of having to share H&L with Ella.
H~ and Lana have a special friendship - Lana likes to call H~ in the evening to talk to her, and she has also figured out how to text her - and Lana is smart enough to have figured out that Ella is going to change things.
I also think that Lana is a little worried, on some level, that Ella is replacing her.
When we opened up the photo on our computer to show Gabe and Lana Ella's picture - Gabe's first response was to say, "She's a cute baby, mom."
Lana, on the other hand, took one look and stormed from the room.
I followed her and asked what was wrong.
She turned and yelled at me, "You said Ella would look like ME! She does NOT look like me. She has white skin! I have brown skin! Not the same! Not the same at ALL!"
(She is still pretty upset that Ella's complexion is lighter than hers. I am at a loss about how to handle this - I keep telling Lana that her skin is beautiful, that people come in many shades. Skin tone is a HUGE issue in Lana's life right now.)
A few days later, when we were discussing Ella once more, Gabe again declared her to be a very cute baby. Lana glared at her brother, and said, "Why everybody keep saying that baby is cute? That baby is NOT cute. That baby....HAS NO HAIR
She pronounced this, about her lack of hair, with a look of triumph on her face.
I looked at her, a bit stunned. "Why would you say that?" I asked.
Lana growled at me. She actually growled. "You want that baby instead of Lana! You wish you had that tiny baby, not me!"
Oh my poor sweet misguided girl. I said, "You could not possibly be more wrong."
She said she didn't understand what I meant.
So I told her that our family was complete, that there were only four chairs at our dinner table, that our family had four people in it and that we did not want any more babies.
I told her that searched the whole world to find the person who would make our family complete, and that that person was Lana, and no other person would do.
She was satisfied, for the moment, that I was not coveting Ella. I keep trying to explain to her that I am happy that H&L have Ella, but that I do not want Ella for myself. It's a fine line to walk with my girl.
Last Friday night, we were having dinner with H&L at an Italian restaurant, sitting at a table for six.
H~ was sitting between Gabe and Lana so they could fight over her...er...enjoy her attention.
Lana looked at our table for six and asked, "When Ella comes home, where will she sit when we go out to eat?" (From her expression I had the impression that she thought she had a winning argument here - there wasn't a seventh chair at a table for six, so, there was no room for Ella.)
H~ said, "Well, at first, she'll sit in a high chair at the end of the table."
"Oh..." Lana said. Shot down by the high chair...
Lana continues to need reassurance from Husband and I that she is our only daughter and the only daughter that we want or need. On Sunday, we went bowling for L~'s big birthday, and I was able to briefly hold baby Roz
on my lap. Lana was having none of that, though, and Roz was soon returned to her mother's lap so that Lana could sit on mine.
At this point, I think I just need to keep my lap open for Lana - so that she knows her spot in our little kingdom is not about to usurped!
* The Gaslight Anthem, The Backseat