Thursday, March 31, 2005


Originally uploaded by jessamynnorth.

I know that babies are often dirty, often moody, almost always impatient. You have to clean up after them, because they can't clean up after themselves. You have to carry them around until your arms are sore. You have to worry and take care of them 24 hours a day; if anybody else had woken you up at 4 in the morning so many times, you'd have written them off.

So of course, I know, children are not perfect. They are people. They are flawed.

And yet I go out in the world or home to my apartment, and I look at other children or I look at my child, and I can't help but see them as beautiful and perfect in their own way.

They are so beautiful.

Sometimes they glow.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Nice Family in Search of Good Home

Easter Portrait
Originally uploaded by jessamynnorth.

"We have seen quite a few condos by now, and most of them aren't what we're looking for. Many are tiny or dirty or ugly. Some are in bad or faraway neighborhoods. Some are beautiful but out of our price range (our realtor doesn't take us to those, but we can't help ourselves from looking at listings online). Some are nowhere near an el stop, or don't allow dogs, or have no parking. Some are OK, but nothing special, and we have started asking ourselves, sadly, is special too much to ask?"

New entry up at DotMoms.

I wrote the piece on March 21st. Later that day, we made an offer on another unit, and I thought to myself that by the time the piece was published at DotMoms, our home-hunting saga would be over. Our offer was rejected that afternoon. The search continues. (Sigh.)