Friday, September 07, 2007

The thought I just entertained


I'm currently working on two different lists. LIST ONE: Things to do before school starts. LIST TWO: Things to do before the baby comes. And in the course of my list writing, I had a momentary bout with insanity and contemplated whether or not I should put our Christmas tree up now so that I wouldn't have to deal with it later.

I quickly realized that was a dumb idea, but I'm still a little troubled that this idea emerged in the first place.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

While I've enjoyed various milestones throughout this pregnancy, I've been particularly eager to hit the "stranger" milestone. I've been waiting for weeks for a stranger to approach and ask me when I'm due. At 6 months and 4 days I hit that milestone. It was not, however, exactly what I expected.

The following conversation took place while waiting in a checkout line at Staples:

Stranger: Hey, when are you due?
Me: Dec. 17th.
Stranger: Is it a boy or a girl?
Me: It's a boy.
Stranger: Yeah, I always preferred having a boy first.
Me: Oh, actually, I didn't really mind.
Stranger: Well, I guess it doesn't matter so much nowadays. Back in ancient times people greatly prefferred Man**.
Me: Oh.
Stranger: It was Man who did all of the strategic battle planning and fighting in wars.
Me: Oh.
Stranger: So people really wanted Man since it was Man who fought in the battles.
Me: Oh.
Stranger: And back in ancient Israel the Man would wait outside while the woman was in labor and the Man would run inside when he heard a baby cry. If it was Man he was happy, but if it was a girl he was dissapointed.
Me: Oh. (Long pause) I think that checkout line is shorter. Uh. bye.

**As you can see, I've capitalized "man" in this post. After relaying this story to John he was pretty convinced the stranger was speaking about men in an upper-case kind of way.