L, the glam potter’s daughter, has been around at our house a bit over the past couple of days. Not only is her mother recovering from pneumonia but her little sister has chicken pox, so they need all the breaks they can get.
I stuck the girls in the kitchen standing on chairs with a sink full of soapy water each and spoons, bowls, forks, knives and straws. I then sat behind them trying to finish off my book.
Siri Hustvedt: Where do they come from, these chatterers who talk to me before I fall asleep?
L: MY FORK, it’s sunk, I can’t get my fork.
Princess: Me too, my FORK.
Siri Hustvedt: My characters. I am making them and not making them, like people in my dreams. They discuss, fight, laugh, yell, and weep.
L: I’m all wet. I need to turn off the tap. How do I turn off the tap?
Princess: My hands are all soapy. I need more water. AAAH, my sink is overflowing.
SH: I was very young when I first heard the story of the exorcism Jesus performs on a possessed man. When Jesus talks to the demon inside the man and asks for his name, the words he cries out both scared and thrilled me.
Princess: My chair is MOVING, I can’t reach the sink.
L: My chair is MOVING too.
SH: The demon says: “My name is Legion.”
Me: You’re not kidding Siri.
Later in the evening while Mr. Waffle and I were putting the boys to bed we heard the sound of hysterical laughter in the bathroom where we had been imprudent enough to leave a bath full of water. When I went to investigate I found them both gleefully splashing their suede boots in the tub. Alas.
I have no idea how I stumbled across this blog. Romy is a catholic convert with all the zeal thereof which can be a little alarming. She is an academic and often has funny stories. She lived in France for a long time and litters her blog with French which, of course, I would never do. I realised when compiling this list that I used to read her a lot more previously when her entire posts appeared in bloglines. I am just too lazy to go that extra click. Which doesn’t mean that you should be.
By the people who brought you Finslippy, but with a different slant. Alice is doing politics for the alphamom people. I am bitter, she stole my breastfeeding post which I was hoping to use to pad out the time until November (and the incessant posting) ends. Did her husband carefully read the Burlington Free Press, print down the article for her and leave it on the keyboard with comments about who’d want to be in the Vermont Human Rights Commission? And an arrow pointing to the excellent name which the author of the article has (Sky Barsch, since you asked)? No, I think not. Boycott Wonderland. Since, I’m assuming, you don’t want to fill in a form to see the article (but I recommend the Burlington Free Press, no seriously, we have fond memories of a couple of holidays in Vermont staying with the heart surgeon and reading things like – woman hits moose in car, neither woman nor moose injured), I have reproduced it below. Is there no end to my virtue?
“Nurse-in” to protest Delta Air Lines today
Published: Wednesday, November 15, 2006
By Sky Barsch
Free Press Staff Writer
Upset that a woman was kicked off a flight for breast-feeding, a group of supporters plan a “nurse-in” today at Burlington International Airport’s Delta check-in counter.
Sharon Panitch, a Burlington mother of two, said breast-feeding supporters will gather at the airport at 10 a.m. to show support for Emily Gillette, the New Mexico woman who was forced off a flight departing from Burlington.
Panitch said the group wants to stage a peaceful demonstration to show they are upset that Gillette was asked to get off the plane after she refused a flight attendant’s request that she cover up as she breast-fed.
Gillette said she was being discrete and was comforting her 22-month-old as they prepared for take-off after a three-hour delay.
The flight was operated by Freedom Airlines, which was operating a commuter flight for Delta Air Lines.
Gillette says she has filed a charge with the Vermont Human Rights Commission against both airlines, because breast feeding is protected under the Vermont Public Accommodations Law.
The airlines said it asked that Gillette cover up with a blanket to be more discreet. A spokesman said the incident has been investigated.