A man up the street is screaming into his cell phone. It is early morning, still grey.
NO! SHUT UP! YOU NEED TO LISTEN. YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO ME.
I push the stroller across the street quickly, and try to figure out where the sound is coming from. He is at least two blocks away, dressed in a red sports jersey and matching track pants.
I DO HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT! I GOT EVERYTHING TO DO WITH IT. YOU NEED TO SHUT UP RIGHT NOW AND LISTEN TO ME.
He takes a few steps, pauses to scream, takes a few more steps. Hank and I walk to the neighborhood coffee shop and take a seat. A few minutes later, I see the man through the window. The hum of the cafe deadens his words, but he is gesturing in wide sweeps. He holds the phone to his ear for a moment, and then swings it out so he can scowl at it while he yells into the receiver, as though it were a microphone.
His gestures remind me of a hellfire preacher at the pulpit. I can see he isn’t actually angry, not anymore. He’s simply enjoying the gestures that accompany refined rage. He is flawless, infuriated, and somehow harmless. He could be a lovely actor, I think, and then retrieve Hank’s pacifier from the floor.
I open a package of sour cream and the foil beneath the lid reads, “Hugs are like smiles, the more you give the more you get.”
And then I ate a carrot stick.
I may need to make this into a flip book.
Rachel: The size charts are weird.
Me: I’m usually a B, but I’m probably a C right now.
Bryan: Are you guys talking about boobs?
Me: No. We’re talking about pantyhose.
Bryan: Oh. Talk about boobs instead.
Me: Boobs, boobs, boobs. I love boobs. Boobs.
Rachel: I have two of them.
Bryan: You guys suck at this.
Rachel: Maggie has boobs.
Maggie: Rachel also has boobs.
Rachel: Bryan and Ryan do not have boobs.
Me: But what they lack in boobs, they make up for in charm.
Bryan: Forget it.
Ryan: I’m gettin’ hot.
It’s ready! So, here’s the big news:
Today, we’re launching a sister site to Mighty Goods called Mighty Junior. It’s a shopping site dedicated to good stuff for kids and the people who love them. It is also wicked awesome, and I almost can’t believe it’s finally happening.
Melissa Summers, who some of you may already know from Suburban Bliss, is the new site editor, and we couldn’t be luckier. I’m so pleased to be working with her, not only because she has great taste and a mean sense of humor, but also because she’s one of the people who makes my life more fun.
So, go look! And let us know what you think.
Tomorrow is the big day! I’m so excited, I’m doing a little shimmy in my chair.
In the meantime, the very first holiday gift guide is up at Mighty Goods, it’s the Mighty Goods 2007 Luxury Gift Guide for folks who are feeling flush and spendy (or those of us who like to window shop with our computers). Go see.