Playground Hogs and Self-Congratulation (oops, I mean the Golden Globes)

So we took Maya to the park today after her afternoon nap (I mean her fake nap, because she never actually slept….just alternated pirate talking and crying) so we could take her on the swings.  This particular park we went to has two playgrounds, one for bigger kids and one for smaller. The one for smaller has 6 swings, with only two made for kids Maya’s age.  The other four either have only a chain link safety strap on one side (of which Maya would fall out) or no safety strap at all. Anyway, the park was crowded and all the swings were taken so Evan took her to wait by the ones she could go on while I sat by the stroller. 5 min…10 min…the two caregivers (not sure if they were parents, I won’t assume) who were pushing the two clearly-big-enough-for-the-other-swings kids did not care that anyone was waiting, just kept having their conversation pushing the two little ones higher and higher.   Even when one of the other swings opened up, these jackholios did not move. So I speak to you – playground hogs – next time it might be nice to teach your kids a lesson about TAKING TURNS. Maybe let the poor little babies who can’t go on anything else go on the baby swings and take your kids somewhere else.  It’s these kinds of people who are the same ones who cut you off on the road and are oblivious to what they did as they think they are the only ones out there! Ugh.

On a positive note, we ran into some old neighbors at the park who used to live in our building but now live around the corner.  They have an adorable daughter who is just a month older than Maya and we chatted with them and their friend for a bit while the babies swung together (the hogs finally left at the same time so the real babies could actually swing!). 

Ahh…the Golden Globes.  I totally and utterly enjoy the entertainment, but it does get a little ridiculous sometimes with the patting on the back.  It gets so syrupy it seems insincere and I hate that.  But Ricky Gervais was funny.  And Natalie Portman was glowing (remind me next time I’m pregnant to wear her dress). Catherine Zeta-Jones had the look of a woman who just discovered  her husband was cancer-free (as if she wasn’t gorgeous usually.) So glad Chris and Jane from Glee won…really need to see Black Swan, The King’s Speech, and The Kids Are All Right.

And now, I leave you as the baby is crying….

By Joy

I'm 42, a remarried mom of an 8 year old girl and a toddler son, a teacher, and a writer. People tell me I tend to be brutally honest and ...tell it like it is, so I had hoped to use this outlet to keep me sane while I got used to my new life as a stay-at-home Mom back when I was home with my worked. And it's been therapeutic through the end of a marriage and the emergence of me...


  1. The King’s Speech is brilliant. Especially the gratuitous use of the F word in one particularly memorable scene… because nothing says British Royalty more than seeing the King repeatedly drop the F bomb. 😀

    1. My god, 2 1/2 years later and I still have only seen 1 out of 3 (that would be Black Swan)…I guess I need to update Netflix…AGAIN.

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