Throat clearing

29 Jul

Every blog has to start someplace, and this one starts here. After living in Manhattan for 6 years, we moved to Park Slope, Brooklyn. Part of the plan was to, well, raise a family, buy a place, settle into a community. We gave notice on our current apartment, started looking at (incredibly expensive) houses in Brooklyn, and figured everything would just work out.

But our attempt to buy a house fell through, and our attempts to get pregnant weren’t working. Suddenly I found myself with a 50 minute commute rather than a 20 minute one, moving from a place 3 blocks from our closest friends to a place where I knew not a single person, without kids in a neighborhood known for its Stroller Mafia. Yay! We expected to buy a place, have a kid, change neighborhoods, settle down. Instead we rented a place, failed to get pregnant even with medical intervention, and had landed in the most baby-centric neighborhood in greater New York City.

Then, while we were dithering about what to do, my wife got pregnant after all (retroactively, it makes you feel a little like thousands of dollars in unnecessary medical insurance coverage were spent, but I don’t really believe that). And so just like that, we are going to go from being the second-most-hated group (DINKS, dual-income, no kids) to the most-hated group (Park Slope parents).

The thing is, I’m not much of a douchebag, and I’m not really a Park Slope Hater. I wouldn’t exactly say that I’m normal, since I am, after all, an over-educated left-leaning sociology professor, with an MBA wife. But still, I think I’m what passes for relatively normal around these parts.

And the question is, can we raise a normal kid without getting caught up in crazy, high-stakes parenting, or getting exiled from the neighborhood?

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3 Responses to “Throat clearing”

  1. Ivy July 30, 2010 at 12:40 am #

    Good question! I for one, can’t wait to find out….

  2. Peter July 31, 2010 at 9:34 am #

    Frankly my money is not only on ‘no’, but on such a bad ‘no’ that I’ll end up becoming exactly the kind of person I am now critical of, while arguing ‘I haven’t changed at all!’ the whole while.

  3. Davin July 31, 2010 at 9:52 am #

    … and this blog will stand until the ends of the intertubes, witness to your gradual and inexorable transformation.

    Mwa ha ha ha ha.

    (Davin starts the microwave popcorn and settles on the couch)

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