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Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Brotherhood

We have a nod.

When we pass each other pushing our Graco Travel Systems along the sidewalk we do a quick check: Hmm. Rolling the All-Grey model. Nice choice. Then we meet each other's gaze, but we don't hold it or anything; just a glance, and then a slight chin lift.

If we're particularly extroverted that day we'll also toss in a smile. But the smile begins, originates, erupts, while we are looking at the Travel System (a.k.a. 'stroller', for the uninitiated). It starts there because we know. We know how long it took to put that damned thing together. And how important it is that the wheels aren't wobbling. And how special it is to be looking down into our child's face.

So we smile at the stroller, and then let the smile stay on our faces as we look up, and deliver the Nod of the Brotherhood.

I see you have reproduced. You are a superior human being. I salute you and respect your virility.

I met a guy at BlogHer this past summer. His name is Brian. He had been 'round the blog here a couple of times. We were in the strange BlogHims session together. And he stood and spoke with me at a nightclub that weekend. I remember that we spoke. I don't remember much of what we said.

I was a little distracted, having just committed/suffered one of the worst introductions ever. But I remembered one important detail.

Brian was going to be a father. A first time dad. And more importantly (for me) he was going to be a father to a little girl. He wanted to shout it from the rooftops, and his excitement was infectious.

This week Brian finally met his little girl. And although I missed her birthday I'd like to help Brian shout her name from the rooftops.


And Brian? Brian writes what is now a daddy-blog (although it's kind of always been a daddy-blog. He has been a very expectant father.) He is Papa TV. Welcome to the Brotherhood.



Anonymous said...

Welcome to the world, Sienna!

bejewell said...

Welcome to your new life, Brian. Congratulations!

Michelle said...

That is sweet. Brian, you are in good company. Congratulations!

Jozet at Halushki said...

Welcome, oh welcome, Sweet Sienna!

And you guys ever flip the strollers over and compare wheel alignment and talk about how many miles you get per bran muffin and stuff like that?

You know, I mean, after you take the kids out of the stroller.

Miss Britt said...

And what a hell of a way to come in. Wow. Amazingly written.

(Him, not you. I mean - you know - you, you're good too. I mean.. um... PINK BIC!)

PAPATV said...

Please don't tell me I had a glow stick at the club...
Seriously, though, thanks for the shout out. I feel lucky in so many ways. I have Ana, I have Ana's family, Sienna and all of YOU who have left such kick ass comments celebrating Sienna's birth. I couldn't be a prouder Father.
Thanks, Shawn. This was amazing...!

orlund said...

Here is a virtual nod to you.

jerseygirl89 said...

What a sweet post!

for a different kind of girl said...

She's a gorgeous baby, too. I seriously need to figure out how to get me one of those girl babys.

Sammanthia said...

I adore Brian, and his little girl is absolutely stunning. You guys are awesome.