Sunday, August 01, 2010

Nobody bakes a cake as tasty as a Tasty Kake...

It was an oddly blissful week, full of relatives and old friends.

Also, cocktails, lots and lots of laughing, and, um, yes, nostalgic eating of panzarottis and cheese steaks and peanut butter Kandy Kakes. (Can't resist this link to fun facts about Tasty Kakes.)

Lots of other kids for the boys to play with.

Lots of chlorinated water, and plenty of dirt, and tons of Star Wars battles.

Dinners were low-key; having another mother there to assuage my fears that Primo was going to die of malnutrition was wonderful, or maybe it was just the calming effect of the delicious pina coladas she made me. Never mind, the ketchup bottle took pride of place on the table, and the kids ate popsicles all day long, and everyone survived without developing scurvy or rickets.

I haven’t slept that well in years. In fact, why B didn’t come pounding on my door at 8 every morning, I do not know, but I will be eternally, shamefacedly grateful – I slept till TEN on Saturday while she plied my guys with Cheerios and sausage, and how blessed am I to have such a true friend?

The house tumbled with kids all day long, but the cacophony didn’t make me nearly so twitchy as it does at home. Even though I still had to feed and bathe and discipline them (occasionally), the week was relaxing. (The evening sweep of straightening and the preparation of meals goes much more quickly and pleasantly with two sets of hands.)

It does apparently take a village.

The twenty-first century sucks in some ways.

But I can’t hate it too much, because I wouldn’t have been able to resurrect this village of cousins and friends without its technology.


Thank you, Facebook.