Little Things

January 18, 2010

It is amazing how effectively a few little unpleasantries can conspire to ruin a morning: today, for example, a holiday, saw me roused at 5:45 by the imprecations of a demanding and hungry two-year-old, who then proceeded to bellow at me from close range in the kitchen because I proposed he have something other than pancakes after a solid five days of nothing but starch for breakfast. Worse still, he then decamped to the bedroom to enlist the lobbying efforts of my darling wife, the very party who had, the preceding day, taken me to task for failing adequately to variegate the diet of our young brood – and she took up the cause! (In fairness, though, she is highly sleep-dependent, and would likely take up the cause of Back To The Future-style hovering skateboards’ being made into our primary national security spending priority if the matter were put to her by a toddler before 6:00 a.m.) And the crowning, incongruous jewel in the morning’s irritation was that somewhere deep in my psyche, Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ had ceased slumbering and clawed its way into my consciousness.

And then, like magic, little things came together to make it all better: Through the grace of haphazard measurement and a rather nice non-stick pan my mother-in-law gave us recently, I produced the best batch of scrambled eggs I have had in a long time. (It’s not that scrambled eggs are hard to make – they’re not. But precisely because they’re easy, it’s hard to care if they’re just so, let alone devote effort to making them just so.) The grapefruit I cut up to go with the eggs proved to be firm, sweet, and juicy in the ideal measures. The toast, made from a sort of bread we don’t ordinarily get but picked up this time because the five-year-old in our house had a homework assignment to help with grocery shopping, was delicious. And the whiny two-year-old disappeared into an unseen recess of the house to be replaced by his five-year-old brother, who kept me company and ate the dissident child’s breakfast without complaint.

Don’t Stop Believin’ is still stuck in my head, though. Thanks, guys!

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2 Responses to “Little Things”

  1. fatbo said

    This actually might be the best thing you’ve ever written.

    also: who will play journey in the movie of journey, from left to right:

    David Wright
    Viggo Mortensen
    Jimmy Fallon
    Lucy Lawless
    Jimmy Fallon

  2. […] 4, 2010 The other day, I posted about a day that started badly, partly because I had Journey’s hit, “Don’t Stop […]

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