I slept for about three hours, because Lev had what appeared to be food poisoning. I put out the paper today and bought cherries for the office. My colleagues repaid me with flowers and kisses – and a paper that came out on time – which was very generous of them. Somehow, my body is still going – even though I’m feeling a bit like the Terminator must have felt towards the end of “Judgment Day.” Fellow parents, you know how I feel.
When I was celebrating my 27th, Lev was just a little over a week old – and I was still shell-shocked. Alexei and I had drinks and ice cream in a dark playground, while Lev slept in his basket. I wasn’t entirely sure how I was ever going to function as an adult person again – having a small child instantly reduced me to being a small child.
Slowly but surely, life began to come together again. But the patterns were all different. The world, when I came back to it, was there – but changed. The world was a bar of chocolate, melting in Moscow’s summer heat in the bottom of your bag, cooling off into a strange new shape by midnight.
Lev is almost walking now. He’s very tall for his age – so it’s harder for him than for other one-year-olds, or so I’m told. My husband is a bona fide film director. And as for me – I really miss sleep.
7 thoughts on “I’m 28”
Happy Birthday! I’m glad there was sweetness for you and hope tonight you can sleep more soundly.
Happy Birthday and many happy returns. As Lev keeps growing, be sure and remind him how much he owes you, and make sure he appreciates it:)
((Happy Birthday)) I hope Lev is feeling better and you get more sleep tonight x
Thanks, guys. 🙂
Happy birthday. 🙂 @};-
I have now got all 6 volumes of Paustovsky’s autobiography. I soon will need to have a conversation with you about him and his books.
Happy Birthday! Sleep will happen, and you’ll get a lovely 10 year reprieve, then he will be a teenager, and you’ll lose sleep again, but for a different reason.