A Midlife Crisis

December 29th, 2013

Hi Betsy,
I realize no one seems to be talking about your upcoming birthday. Have you been shopping for a mid-life crisis?
Love, Uncle Jack.

January 1st, 2014

E:  You don’t really like to play with your Lego once it’s built, do you G?
G:  Sometimes I like to play with it (pause), but not most of the time. I like to take it apart and build it again all day long.
E:  Hmmmm.  Your set for 7-12 year olds seems too easy for you.  Is it?
G:  I could do 12 plus.
E:  Oh my. Well, maybe we’ll have to get you a 12+ Lego set then for your 4th birthday.  Let’s do a little Google search.
G:  It’s Jamie!!
E:  Oooooo!  We love Jamie! He’s our best friend.

E:  Well…a Lego French Restaurant looks pretty good to me. That’s a much better 12+ set than the Castle one.
G:  You know what MaMa?  We could get that for your birthday. Then we could do it together.
E:  What a great idea!

January 2nd, 2014

M:  What do you want to get MaMa for her birthday?
G:  A French Restaurant.
M: What?
G:  A French Restaurant, Papa!!
M:  You mean you want to take her to a French Restaurant?
G:  Nooooo! We want to build a French Restaurant.

the lego acropolis g and i went to visit last week
the lego acropolis g and i went to visit last week

January 3rd, 2014

Hi Jack!
You know one of the things about having kids later in life is there’s just no time to shop for the right mid-life crisis. This leaves me extremely vulnerable to just any old crisis that might come along.
Love, Betsy

January 4th, 2014

M:  Elizabeth, about your birthday…I know we’re going to a fancy dinner and that’s what you chose to celebrate your fortieth…but there’s something I want to get…
E:  Oh…you know, Michael, it’s so crazy. I went online and the Lego French Restaurant is $160 USD…which, come on. That’s a little silly for a toy as it is, but if you get it here, it’s $250 AUD, which is insane. I mean it would be really fun to have, but…welll…maybe I could somehow have my dad get it?  Maybe then he could ship it here at the slowest possible speed and I could pay him back later…Ow!! Why are you squeezing my shoulders so hard?
M:  Look at me.  I want to get you something for your birthday…for your fortieth birthday…for the birthday of a grown woman. Something really nice, I think you’ll really love. It’s not Lego. Do you REALLY want Lego for your fortieth birthday?
E:  Oh my God.  I think I do.
M: Ok…well, you think about it a little more. I’m going to work. Should I call someone to come over and sit with you or are you going to be alright?

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he wanted to get me this

January 6th, 2014

E:  This day could not have been any better Michael. The breakfast, the cake you two made, that beautiful perfume from Le Labo.  But just watching the two of you together in the pool, so healthy and beautiful made me feel so lucky, so lucky to greet 40 from this vantage point.  Thank you.
M:  You’re welcome kid. Happy Birthday. Are you ok I didn’t get you Lego?
E:  I can’t say for sure.

5 comments

    • Thank you so much. It’s a good crisis. You posted a photo on Instagram the other day from 74th st, across the street from Fairway looking east towards the San Remo. That was our street. Michael and I had a good Awwwwwwwwwwww over that shot. Then were thought…thank god for double whirler…they are like the spirit of our New York past!!

      • Bless you! One of these days we’re going to bump into each other in Fairway —I just know it! I’ll put some UWS NYC photos in my Instagram queue so watch that space…

  • I’m all teary eyed! What a great post. It was one of my favorites. Happy, Happy Birthday EGWO. Love you! xo

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