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Another religious tradition that our family likes to celebrate in secular way truly has roots in my former religion, Catholicism. I previously mentioned the celebrating we did for Mardi Gras last weekend, in Soulard, but I felt that going to the Grand Parade today with the kids was a little too crazy from what I had been hearing. At least, I would feel more comfortable with another adult escort, like Chris, with us. This is Chris’s on week though, so she is not available.
I had heard that Soulard on Mardi Gras was no place for kids, lest they get an early anatomy lesson. I disagree with that idea. I can not think of a better real world example to teach human anatomy to my kids. Learning through experience has always been a better way of educating than an institutionalized method, I argued. Either way, my excuse for skipping it had more to do with the sheer volume of people and traffic in the area.
For lunch I decided that Jupiter and I would sit in front of an episode of Hello Kitty eating the pączkis. As for Tsunami, he got a few tastes of the lemon filling from the one I was eating. He seemed to like it quite a lot. And, yes, that is a beer that I had with my lunch. Before you start dreaming up images of the 1983 bane of at-home dad’s existence, Mr. Mom, this is not typical when I am alone with the kids. Mardi Gras is, for me, an exception.
For supper, maybe I will make some spaghetti and we can all share the king cake for dessert. I will need the king cake to help settle Chris’s nerves when she finds out, by reading this post, that I let Jupiter eat in front of the television. This is a carnal sin according to her. I agree and also discourage it, but again, this is Mardi Gras!
Today has been a very busy day. I took Jupiter to his gymnastics class today. I thought it would be a nice chance for Jupiter to get a healthy dose of his normal routine and for me to get away from the hospital for a couple hours.
When we actually got to gymnastics, he just wanted to leave to go see his new little brother. I can tell Jupiter is very excited about his brother at this point. He just wants everybody to come home and for things to get back to normal. I can sympathize. Being in the hospital is nice because of all the help we get from nurses, but being home will be good.
We get to go home tomorrow. Jupiter has been excited about riding in the car with Tsunami ever since we put the baby seat in Chris’s Prius during one of the false alarms from earlier. Every time we get in her car he asks us, as if he needs reassurance of the reality, “Baby ride back here with me?” Needless to say, he will like having a travel companion.