How do you like to wind down after a long week?
I’m seeing a kind of Mick Jagger meets “Smells like teen spirit” sensibility in the dancing style…
Our wonderful amigos Catherine, Jorge, Caya & Magda invited us down to their home in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. We had a great vacation exploring Mérida with them as well as trips to the Mayan ruins at Uxmal (oosh•mal) and a little island paradise called Holbox (hole•bosh).
milo trying out a little parkour in Mérida
Um, so I thought I would commemorate the 4-month anniversary of our arrival in Napa for the holidays last December with this much belated blog post. I have a whole slew of belated blog posts in the works so apologies in advance for the onslaught. Warning – these may involve mass dumpage of photos rather than witty recaps of funny Milo quotes or reflections of memories of my great grandma.
We had a fab time on the left coast hosted in large part by the Mosher clan in their sweet new home – thanks Moshers!
Been channeling my Great-Grandma Hanna and making Matzo and butter sandwiches for Milo (and me) lately as a snack.
I have strong memories of Hanna giving me egg Matzo smothered in butter at her garden apartment in Hackensack, NJ. Very good memories. I also distinctly remember her hassock (and flipping it on its side and rolling around the living room) and the crystal bowl on her coffee table that was always filled with hard candies. And the dentures in a jar in the bathroom.
Here are some simple instructions on how you can plant your own memory of Great-Grandma Hanna:
setting: dinner table
menu: sautéed shrimp with red peppers and basil over polenta and an artichoke per person
characters: rachel, morgan, milo
context: it’s been a long day
Milo: “What’s that?” pointing to food on his plate
Milo: “What’s it made of?”
Milo: looks at Morgan skeptically
Morgan: “Well, not corn on the cob…corn meal…” Morgan starts to look frazzled
Milo: “Polenta…like, the polenta in your body?”
Milo: “yeah, the polenta in your body”
Morgan: “Milo, I don’t know what you’re talking about” Morgan definitely looking frazzled now
Rachel: “Do you mean placenta?”
Milo: “yeah, the placenta, the placenta in your body”
Morgan: “oh…well not exactly, that’s something different” cracking up and no longer frazzled
It started with telling Milo that I needed to clip his fingernails.
“Dad, when I’m an adult can I grow my fingernails long?”
“Milo, when you are an adult you can do anything you like”
“You can grow your fingernails long, you can sleep all day, and you can eat a candy bar every night. But you know what, I’m an adult and I clip my fingernails, I don’t sleep all day, and I don’t eat candy bars every night.”
a moment of silence
“Dad…I’m going to be different than you.”
Milo chatting up a very patient elderly gentleman in the JCC locker room after his swimming lesson…
Milo: “What are you doing here?”
Older Man: “I’m getting dressed.”
OM: “I’m getting ready to go home.”
M: “I’m going home too. Look how wrinkly my hands are. Hey your hands are wrinkly, did you go swimming?”
OM: “No, my hands are just old.”
M: “What’s that?”
OM: “My cane.”
M: “What’s a cane?”
OM: “It’s like a walking stick, it helps me walk.”
M: “Why do you need help walking?”
OM: “I have a bum knee.”
M: “You have a bum knee?!?!” (incredulously)
OM: “I have a bad knee, my knee is hurt.”
M: “You should go see a doctor.”
OM: sigh “Yes, I’ve been told that.”