dear l., while you are off presenting and networking and enjoying the sun in atlanta:
we missed you today. i was sad after the door shut behind you and the house was so quiet. even though i'm always home without you. funny.
we mostly ran errands: picked up the printed photos in novi, grabbed some frames for them at ikea, searched (and did not find) that ever elusive shower curtain at world market ann arbor and then did a quick little circuit of trader joes & whole foods.
on the way we saw a dozen deer sunning themselves on top of the snow. it was so warm and beautiful out.
we stopped for a snack. in a sunny spot. mateo was having some applesauce. then an older man sat at the table next to us, opposite my seat, facing me. almost like we were at the same table. he launched into how i need to teach him baby sign language (i didn't mention that we're not planning on it), how babies can't eat peanut butter or honey (yup), how i need to cut up grapes before giving them to him, how we need to tell our parents to open life insurance policies for him and how some parents choose not to vaccinate their children and then take them to south america and bring back all of these sicknesses (he had no idea who he was talking to). it would have been ok if he was just another person giving us parental advice, but he was really lecturing me - as if i was sitting there stuffing mateo with whole grapes and peanuts.
it was an odd exchange. er, monologue.
mateo was an angel-baby. pretty much no tears the entire day. he got so much attention and waved and said "dadada" to everyone he met. he only cried in the beginning of our ride home tonight and i sang to him until he fell asleep. then i turned on the radio which wouldn't really come in so i was left with our valentines mix. again. i don't think i can listen to it anymore. let's look on craigslist for one of those ipod-to-car connectors?
hope you are having a triple-a time! love you so.