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The Best Laid Plans

10 Apr

It looks like I’m not going to finish the teething crib guard (and thus, the tutorial), until late next week, when we get back from Disney World. (I’m going to Disney World!) I can only sew in the evening after the baby has gone to bed and is, ahem, using the crib. So I have to attach the velcro straps but I’m not sure where to place some of them. And tomorrow night is book club, and then Thursday is packing, and then Friday is Disney. So there you go.

We are going to Disney to celebrate my nephew’s second birthday. It will be nice to spend time with my family, who I don’t get to see enough. But golly, Disney is expensive. Expensive isn’t quite the right word. If everything cost half of what it does, it would be expensive. Exorbitant is closer to the mark. But we’ll have fun, since the pain of paying those bills has been felt and dealt with.

The book for book club tomorrow is Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I read it while I was pregnant, about a year ago, and I really enjoyed it. I’m not sure if I could read it now with the same sense of pleasure because (spoiler alert) children die in it and I can’t help but put myself in their mother’s shoes and then I feel sick. The deaths aren’t graphic, but they are there. Hunger Games is one of those rare novels that actually caused me to change my behavior. Before I read the book, I would watch train-wreck reality television like Jersey Shore when there was nothing else on. Afterwards, I realized that just as the citizens of the Capitol were complicit in the Hunger Games by watching them, and so I was complicit in the continual degradation of popular culture by watching those trashy shows and their commercials, and thus encouraging it. I think there is also something to be said about professional football, where people (including me) cheer on healthy young men as they injure each other for our entertainment, until those men have to retire with serious injuries and frequently brain damage. Hunger Games has hidden depths – on the surface it is an entertaining story about a strong young woman who stands up to an evil empire. But if you look a bit further you see distorted reflections of popular culture and our modern civilization, and how some things aren’t as innocuous as they seem. Great fun!