Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Noah's Independence Day

It’s going to be another brief post today. I have an appointment later this morning to be measured for a spica splint that should help with my tendonitis. And if Noah’s not too tired by the time that’s said and done then we might go look at strollers. Now that Noah is a sitting-up pro we need a lightweight stroller for easier navigation and portability – but something very sturdy with bigger wheels. And I’d like to have it by Friday because we have a big weekend planned – if we aren’t too daunted and bag it.

Independence Day weekend is always huge in Philly. Mark and I have always made it a point to enjoy some of the Welcome America activities in the city that occur in the week leading up to July 4th. This year it’s tougher of course. But on Friday we hope to attend the free concert on the river by the Philadelphia Orchestra – and navigating crowds will be a lot easier with a smaller stroller. Also we’re very excited for Live8. We can’t safely take Noah out in the huge throngs that will be there during the concert from noon to six, but we’re hoping to go to the Parkway around 8 am just to take a look around at the setup and catch some of the vibe so we can say we were there. We’ll have to break Noah’s no TV rule on Saturday because we’ll want to catch some of the coverage. Since it’s music and a historical event I think the rule can be broken. We’ll have to take a photo of him in front of the TV for the record books.

I love Philadelphia. To me the city is always exciting – brimming with so much to do and see. And a holiday weekend when the city is hosting an event that will be shown worldwide is exhilarating. I hope Philly looks good. And I hope we aren’t ever too cautious to take Noah out to experience some of the things that only our city has to offer.

My friend Patti came to visit for a few hours yesterday afternoon. She hadn’t seen Noah in months and could hardly believe what a sturdy fun little boy he had become. I met Patti during the one year I taught first grade in North Philly. She’s a fifth grade teacher now at a nearby middle school that has a reputation for being dangerous, but she really loves it. She lives a few blocks away and she’s off for the summer so hopefully she’ll be by to visit more often.

Noah keeps trying to pull himself up on anything he can get his hands on. And yesterday he was trying to pull open drawers – both on my desk and on his dresser. He is so active already, and SO determined. Let the fun begin.

Well - that wasn't too brief. Gotta go.


patrice said...

I guess you live and breathe this philadelphia freedom. from the time that you were born, you waved a flag. did philadelphia freedom take you knee-high to a man? give you peace of mind your daddy never had?

jon said...

patrice: some people choose the city, some people choose the good ole family home. i would posit that, in the past, NME may have liked living easy without family ties, until the whippoorwill of freedom zapped her right between the eyes. Just a thought. NME?

NME said...

The times have changed.
The less I say the more my work gets done.

Jen O. said...

Now, now, Jon. Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids. In fact it's cold as hell. And there's no one there to raise them if you did. And all this science Nicole doesn't understand. It's just her job five days a week.

KATIEmagic said...

It must be awesome to love the city where you live! It's a love I've never known. More like loath, kind of state-wide too. Oh, well. Colorado beckons, maybe one day we'll be able to answer the call.

jon said...

sound checks for you and the fam to enjoy on saturday morning, courtesy of

Saturday - the day of - sound checks are due to begin with Destiny's Child at 7 a.m. Then it's Jars of Clay (7:30), Dave Matthews (8), Alicia Keys (8:30), Kaiser Chiefs (9), and Black Eyed Peas, with the Marleys (9:30). The big show is to start at noon.