Ruminations and recipes from a small kitchen in a big city.

4.8.10

The curtain rises.

And the stage is in darkness for a second or two, until a soft spotlight falls on a small item of furniture at stage left. It is a crib. In the crib is a newborn infant. The infant is a girl. She is asleep.

A soft click is heard. The light over the crib fades low and another spotlight falls stage right on two easy chairs on either side of a round table on which rests a lamp. MOTHER, reading a $9.95 Penguin reissued copy of Brideshead Revisited, and FATHER, reading a newspaper, sit in the chairs. The remains of afternoon tea rest on the table alongside the lamp.

The scene remains thus for several seconds until broken by noises off. The noises sound like the approach of stampeding elephants. A door crashes, unseen. A boy, pursued by a smaller boy, gallops onto the stage. The latter boy follows. His arm is outstretched, and his finger and thumb are cocked, as if to shoot.

They slide to a stop, glance at MOTHER and FATHER, and remain in position for several seconds. FATHER's newspaper rustles. The boys turn back to each other again.

SMALLER BOY: Bang!

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Alexandra was born on Monday, and came home today. Her weight was 10lb 3oz, if you can discuss a lady's weight. All well. "Monday's child is fair of face ..."

12 comments:

jo_blue said...

Congratulations!And well written! It took me a few minutes to work it out but I got there in the end. Glad to see you're back on board KH and that all is well with your family.

White Dove said...

Delighted with your news KH...I send kisses to your wife. A big baby...but then she'll have to be, to cope with two boistrous brothers who will teach her all they know in the rough and tumble of life. Alexandra...she's found a loving and caring home x

jo said...

Congratulations! I had begun to wonder what had happened to you.

A Melbourne Girl said...

Congrats big time KH...a wonderful addition to your family
love to all
Lesley

Red Dirt Mummy said...

Congratulations to all and welcome to Miss Alexandra. Looking forward to hearing of her adventures with those noisy big brothers.

paula said...

what lovely news, thought things had gone a bit quiet... love the name.

Janis Gore said...

Congratulations!

Tracy doesn't hold back when she puts those babies together, does she? None of those scrawny six-pounders for her. Do you think it's the Scot in her?

Barbara said...

Well done Mr and Mrs KH! And welcome Alexandra, I see you're a fellow Leo girl, good for you. ;)
All the best to the entire KH family!

kitchen hand said...

Thank you all. (Janis - yes: it is most definitely the Scot in her. More on that to follow.)

Dr. Alice said...

Many congratulations, that's excellent news! Glad all are healthy. I hope the boys are happy with their new sister.

kitchen hand said...

Thanks. Dr. A. The boys are happy. Strength in numbers.

Anna said...

Belated congratulations to you both! So many years of fun ahead of your whole family. She'll grow up to be one tough little cookie, with older boys around!