… when you live in the Middle East, apparently. Recently, a very silly film has been posted on the internet. Said film incited protests, which turned into riots, which resulted in damaged property, deaths, and way too many ignorant Facebook status updates. Things calmed for a few days, and now some of the least bright and most angry among us are at it again in Pakistan, looting, burning churches, and of course, killing people. I don’t even feel the need to discuss this further because I believe that most thinking people condemn this senseless violence, as well as the senseless incitement of violence, and most of us realize that many of these protests and expressions of contempt are not really directed at a silly film, but at US policy and involvement in the region as a whole. Anyway, Alexandria remained peaceful through it all and Egypt in general seems to have returned to it’s usual low simmer.
We’ve recently moved into a new flat, and goodness, is moving a lot of work! We hired a “jumbo” truck, (which is actually a normal sized flatbed truck), wrapped all of our furniture in foam and plastic, and hired two workers to carry it all down 11 flights of stairs and back up 4 flights of stairs. Then began the seemingly unending task of unpacking and organizing, and the also seemingly unending task of keeping Nora away from the stairs, with which she is nothing short of obsessed. So far, so good, on both fronts.
Baby girl turned one yesterday. Somehow the last year went by very quickly, but it was wonderful, and I’m looking forward to the next year. When she was born I could not possibly envision what she would be like at this point, and I feel the same now when I think ahead to year two. But I’m getting ahead of myself. I don’t have any one year stats to share, because we haven’t been to the Pediatrician yet, but I can share that she has met all of her 6-12 month milestones except for one – walking! She still seems very uninterested in walking, although we’ve caught her standing alone a few times. She’s quite small (maybe 19 pounds), but I’m not sure how, because she eats like a horse. Yesterday she ate oatmeal with apples, cinnamon and butter, two cups of yogurt, two bowls of vegetable soup, two fried egg yolks with cheese, a piece of toast, sliced avocado, and half of a plum. We offered her a birthday cupcake, but she was beyond uninterested in it. Two bites and she was done and attempting to crawl away. She has three teeth now and a fourth one coming. She dances to music, waves to cue words (”hi” and “bye”), loves reading her books alone, and, as of month 11, sleeps 12 hours a night without waking. I am incredibly thankful for this wonderful little Light in my life! Especially amid confusion and chaos in the news and around us, Nora is a consistent source of joy and amazement.