August 14, 2006

Reflections on the weekend

I think that since we've had a third child, my life has narrowed quite a bit. I am less concerned with the outside world since I am just trying to hold it all together, kind of on the fly, at home and at work. No matter how bad I have it, of course, my wife has it way worse. No question about it, she rocks.

But, back to me. Like I was saying, my focus has narrowed. I have less energy to devote to thinking about world affairs, about politics, about international relations, about international and even domestic economics. So, of course, I write less about it here. Instead, the home front, the kids, my wife, my health, working out, my weekends, all of these things take on much greater significance. I think, perhaps, just maybe, I am beginning to entertain the possibility that I am losing my perspective a bit.

Also, I have to say, that whenever I do focus on the news, I am disappointed. Lamont over Lieberman? Really? The idea that Israel should not have the right even to exist? Really? Can you blame me, at some level, for not pushing too hard to escape this narrowing of focus?

Either way, that's where I seem to be right now.

So, the weekend had a lot of highlights and almost no lowlights.

* Seeing old friends for dinner on Friday night and watching the moon rise, fat and orange, over Long Island as we sat out on a terrace on the water.

* Playing with the kids at the pool.

* Sitting outside on the deck with my family and my parents, drinking a bottle of rose prosecco, as we celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary.

* Taking a solitary dip in the ocean while my daughter waited for me, happily ensconced on a towel in the sand on Sunday.

* Taking my non-napping daughter to see some open houses. She insisted on seeing all the bathrooms and closets, objected to the lack of bookshelves in the library, and was concerned about how to fit a kitchen table and chairs in one house. Interesting to see what $3 million can buy, though. Theoretically, that is, since I don't have and don't expect to have that kind of cash to spend on a house.

* Making the baby laugh.

All of the above are high points. There were certainly more. But with the sleep deprivation comes the loss of memory. So, there.

Posted by Random Penseur at August 14, 2006 09:43 AM | TrackBack

Is having your perspective change really the same as losing it, though?
I'm not being sarcastic. My focus is very narrow right now, and I feel guilty about my loss of interest in the wilder world. (So I guess I'm looking for corroboration. ;-)

Posted by: nic at August 14, 2006 07:00 PM

Er, I meant "wider," not "wilder." Although I'm not so crazy about the wild world right now either.

Posted by: nic at August 14, 2006 07:04 PM

I think you may have a very valid point about not trying to escape the narrow focus. I'm at the point where I'm not sure I want to know, if it doesn't touch me - which I think is a dangerous attitude.

Sounds like fun with the kids - isn't it better to go play in the pool than read about Hezbollah anyway?

Posted by: Hannah at August 15, 2006 01:03 AM
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