This weekend we had ten people in this house and half of them were young children. Considering we have two bedrooms to accomplish this (the third is a sewing room – sorry ’bout that friends!) we feel pretty awesome.
Our friends arrived yesterday at about 1 PM. We spent the day piling on public transit, riding up to the Farmer’s Market, playing at the park, avoiding a few choice locals (always hard to do; it seems *everyone* is Uptown on Saturday), grabbing a bite, then running to catch the bus again. Home for a time to settle down and nap, and then my Prizewinning Fucking Beef Enchiladas for dinner along with a salsa I made from all-Farm ingredients (OK, nothing I cook wins any prizes but a girl has to feel important, even if it involves lying). Ater dinner we went out to a friend’s house for a six-family bonfire. It is so amazing to hang out with parents of young kids: have an outdoor movie, a bonfire, drink beer (or not, in my case), chat, and watch our kids run around (some of them naked, outdoors at 9 PM and all) while having grownup conversation (you know, where you say words like “loquacious” and “cock”).
I am neither stoned nor have I just finished “grinding my axe” – I was merely holding the guitar for someone. I did belt out some songs by The Cult, and everyone thought I was awesome. P.S. they were all drunk.
Last time we did this we had a grownup movie; this time we got wise and busted out some kid action. Nels is on the left: the little dinosaur with the golden curls, snuggled with his sister. Other kids were wrapped up in tarps and blankets, I think.
This morning at 8 AM we hear our friends’ family stirring in the next room. Ralph springs out of bed to get dressed and cook breakfast for all (yes, he is that amazing). I lie in bed and watch my children wake, roll toward one another and begin hugging and petting. For a house with this many kids and a late night, things seem remarkably easy. Ralph comments at breakfast those cults with lots of wives and families have a smart thing going. I point out that this is the weekend and thus all breeding adults are available to help with food, kids, bathroom needs, etc.