Friday, May 22, 2009

Can you tell what I brought home yesterday?

No, not James. And Caroline got home today, tired, smudgy around the knees, but deliriously happy about camp and all the fun stuff she and her friends got to do: ride horses, eat lots of fruit dumplings, discover ant houses, hunt for mushrooms, dress up for a carnival. The stories are still unfolding as she remembers or pulls another souvenir from her suitcase.

But yesterday. Around noon I walked into the biggest store of its kind in the Czech Republic. Swarms of guys wearing black t-shirts, beards and sandals were crowded around the displays and I couldn't push by them without running into one or the other multi-pocketed bag. After taking to the less exciting corridors, I dug up a shop assistant reading manuals in a corner and cruelly interupted his reverie on the new Xyi8300 (at least I think that's what it was). Putting his latest dream down, he reluctantly showed me the top two models in my price range.

Ten minutes later, I was on the phone to my business partner. Twenty minutes, and I walked out of the store with a grin even the jaded shop assistant could understand.

And then the fun began.


Lynn said...

Fruit dumplings? I want to go to kindergarten camp!!

Limecat said...

He is so cute!

Eleanor said...


That means in Hebrew literally "May you be renewed," but it's used whenever anyone purchases a special new item...meaning really..."May you use it with joy and find your life better for it."

Anything that can capture James' eyelashes like that is a very very good purchase. Do people stop you on the street just to touch his hair?

P.S. C is leading a charmed life, sounds like Fairytale Camp.

Mary said...

I might have made a similar purchase recently myself. An upgrade to the old DSLR.

Oh yeah!

Were you in your hiking boots then?

herhimnbryn said...

Here via 'Works well'.

Your little boy looks like a Renaissance cherub. What glorious hair and eyelashes.:)

Julia said...

Thanks everybody - something about just turning one brings out the cherub I think. (And also the alternative when his will is not followed!)

"Tithadshi" is a great word. It makes you stop and think doesn't it? And I do hope that I use my camera well. It has already roused me out of bed at an ungodly hour to read about it before I sneak out of the house to try to grab some morning light. It is tempting me on long walks too!

Shoe story - when I bought the camera I was on the way to a meeting, wore fancy shoes minus socks, walked around downtown's cobblestones just a tad too long and got blisters. Despite the blisters I walked home from the city so I could take my first shots. Friday, I wore hiking boots to all my meetings!

Barrett Bonden said...

You only appear to be telling half the story. Possibly in the best vaudeville tradition: always leave them wanting something more.

Lucy said...

Yes, I want a Works Well analysis with full details so I can sigh and pine and itch with envy.

Welcome Home Caroline!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

What fun! I'm glad your camper came home happy and you got a new toy:)