October 22, 2005

Rainy day at work

I'm chained to my desk on this dreary Saturday, waiting for someone to review a five page memo I just wrote to a client who was just, one week before his wedding, blind sided with an outrageous prenuptial agreement that his wife had been working on with her lawyer for over a month. I read it for the first time last night going home on the train and I garnered strange looks as I exclaimed out loud and profanely about the fairness of this document. So, while I wait, I thought maybe I could stretch the fingers and exercise the mind and blog a little.

Thanks again for all of your collective patience during my recent trial and internet outages. No idea about the internet, but the trial closes to the jury on Monday morning and that will be that until post trial motions.

I rode into the city today and was reminded how unpleasant it can be to ride during the non-peak hour trains without an mp3 player. Lots of ambient noise, cell phones, loud chatter, and distractions. Hard to think under those circumstances.

But there was one couple I looked at, for really no more than a moment, a short moment, but it was enough. They were in their early 20's, I'm guessing. She was dark haired and pale skinned. Makeup expertly applied -- not too much and all of it to flatter her features. And she smiled at her boy friend and the smile was so lovely, so graceful, so unhurried in its patience and love. I felt privileged to have seen it. It made me think that she must have a lot of inner serenity and that the old wisdom that youth is in too much of a hurry doesn't really ring true. At least, not there. Her smile suggested that she had all the time in the world for him and all the time needed to appreciate him and the experiences they were having together. No pressure, no rush. His good fortune, which I bet he does not understand, is nothing short of astounding to me. I took all this in very quickly, but the memory stayed with me some several hours later. It really was quite a smile.

My in-laws are in town to stay for the next three weeks. Might as well be three years. Well, that was snide. It might be just fine. I'll try to reserve judgment.

While I was here at the office, I missed a milestone at home: Boy Child pooping on the potty! He called me at work to tell me about it in great excitement. He and the Girl Child left me a long and breathless voicemail while I was otherwise engaged. Do I need to tell you that I have saved that voicemail? Still, I regard this as proof positive that while I am at the office, shit happens.

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

Posted by Random Penseur at October 22, 2005 03:42 PM | TrackBack

Still, I regard this as proof positive that while I am at the office, shit happens.

Writing like this is why I have missed you.

Posted by: nic at October 22, 2005 04:15 PM

At least you were not required to wipe!

; )

Quote of the week: "while I am at the office, shit happens"


Posted by: Christina at October 22, 2005 04:27 PM

S--t happens!!

Posted by: Azalea at October 22, 2005 05:14 PM



Posted by: indigo at October 23, 2005 01:55 AM

I remember my nephew excitedly exclaiming that he'd pooped on the potty all by himself! I quipped that that was more information than I needed and he actually seemed to laugh knowingly. That kid, I swear...

And noticing a young gal who seems to understand the secret value of this moment... I see her all the time and, yep, she is always beautiful because of it. She seems like the personification of sweetness.

Then you wonder if she went home and got the livin' snot beaten out of her by that guy jus' because she didn't know that you don't clean a wooden tabletop with a rag and water... [Believe me, it has happened.]


Posted by: Tuning Spork at October 23, 2005 09:56 PM

The story about the couple on the train...sigh.

Posted by: CJ at October 24, 2005 07:10 AM

So nice to have you back, RP!

Posted by: GrammarQueen at October 24, 2005 09:53 AM

I loved the imagery of the couple on the train; just lovely, RP, thank you. :-)

And congrats on the Boy Child going potty! I still remember how excited my Girl Child was about our Boy Child and how she had to call EVERYBODY about it!

She even took her little brother to Show and Tell one day not long after and when the teacher asked what was special about her little brother, she pondered for a moment, then said, "He goes potty all by himself now!"

All her first-grade classmates nodded in serious understanding; after all, it hadn't been all THAT long since they'd had their own potty training, but the teacher and I were hard-pressed not to burst out laughing. *grins*

Posted by: Amber at October 24, 2005 12:34 PM

Glad to see you back, and good story about the couple and BC.

We're having a hell of a time with X, he started almost a year ago potty training, he was all excited etc. and then one day just stopped. Now he is doing it again but only via plying with treats, and he still complains like crazy having to sit on the potty.

Posted by: Oorgo at October 24, 2005 01:54 PM

Oh, I'm so glad you're back! Yay! Life can resume now.

Congrats to the boy child. He sounds like my niece, Maggie, who just turned five. When they were potty training her, she was just so proud of herself when she did the deed, she'd leave the bathroom and would shout "I POOP!" It was the funniest thing. Well, maybe you had to be there, but still...


Posted by: Kathy at October 24, 2005 10:59 PM

I echo all the sentiments here! Can't add much more other than, you have been missed dear friend AND congratulations to you and your lovely Viking bride on the blessed announcement! How wonderful it all is!

Posted by: michele at October 27, 2005 09:40 AM

A poopy milestone achieved. That calls for a celebration!

Posted by: Jim at October 30, 2005 11:01 AM
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