Yes, it happened 13 years ago – Yes, I’ll stop talking about it soon

I had my daughter at 26.  Are you off the floor?  Have you recovered?  I know in most parts of the world this is totally normal – but in the Tri-state area, we were freaks (did I tell you we got married at 24?)

Here’s another zinger – we planned it that way.  Let me clarify.  We wanted to start a family early – we just didn’t realize it would happen instantaneously because I’m a fertile mertile.

We were thrilled, scared, happy and a little crazy.  So while all our friends went out to paint the town red, we stayed in and painted a hallway yellow – and called it a nursery.

The first few months after she was born were a blur.   I was not the earth mother I thought I would be (breastfeeding? no thanks!)  But eventually I got my mojo back, shook off the mild depression and decided to leave the apartment.

We lived just a few blocks away from a small neighborhood park .   I decided to pack up the baby and go for a walk.

I had grand plans.  The baby was too small to play so I would sit on a bench, maybe connect with some other moms, offer parenting tips, etc..

I took a spot in the middle of all the action, a ton of kids playing, a bunch of women sitting around – perfect.  Then, one of the other “moms” turned to me and said, “How long have you been watching the baby?” “Is the family nice?”.  Hmm?   Excuse me?  Oh.  OH.  It took me a few seconds to figure it out –  like a scene in a horror movie where the camera pans wide and you suddenly see the big picture.  I was in a sea of nannies – and I fit right in.

Any normal human being would have corrected them and gone on with their lives.  Not this human.  I was so stunned and shocked that I just played along for an hour and never went back.

The baby and her nanny

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. coffeepoweredmom
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 15:59:08

    I wasn’t even floored. In fact, I had to keep reading to understand that you were considered YOUNG to be having a baby! It’s amazing how different things can be from area to area in this world. I had my first baby several months before I turned 20, the second one before I turned 22. I can’t believe someone would just assume that you’re a nanny, no matter your age. Seems so silly to me, you know what they say about assuptions…


  2. Jim Neumar
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 17:43:29

    And of course I know just the park your talking about!I like your writing style it is just like having you tell me in person.Looking forward to more.


  3. christine kissel
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 20:47:54

    thanks for sharing. you did a great job with your crew. keep the stories coming. i really love reading them.


  4. DeeDee
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 08:26:10

    Love your new blog…have been reading it everyday to get my daily chuckle. You are Erma Bombeck reincarnated!! A wonderful satirest from the 1970’s who wrote numerous books and newspaper columns on laughing at yourself and taking an honest and fun way of telling everyone about your daily thoughts and memories. Keep it up and check out E. Bombeck’s life & works on the web.


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