I am the father of two small children, one who's three, and the second a month old on Wednesday. There is little, if any, quantum of solace to be found in the Brave Astronaut home. Let me say up front that I am possibly the luckiest father on the face of the earth. As I reported in my last post, Mrs. Brave Astronaut sent me off to the movies by myself last weekend. Granted our older son was at a sleepover with his cousins and she only had the little one to look after, but still. I have the best wife ever.
Since LBA2.0* came home, I have been attending to the needs of LBA. Let me say parenthetically here, that two is the appropriate number of children for most parents. As I will always say, with two kids, you can still play man-to-man, when you add a third, you have to start playing zone. It has been great, especially when I was off work, to be able to have all that time, where my wife and I could focus on one child and spell each other when needed. Now that I am back at work, it has been harder for Mrs. Brave Astronaut to find a few moments to herself. In fact, as I write this, LBA2.0 is sitting on my lap, asleep for the moment, but may wake at any moment, in search of nourishment from my wife (which I cannot unfortunately help with).
When the last James Bond movie came out, I went to see it with my brother-in-law, again leaving my wife at home, then only with one child. I liked it very much. It was nice to see James Bond actually get the snot kicked out of him and need to take some time before he could get back up again. He was more human and less superhero-like. There was word out this week that the new James Bond movie, and Daniel Craig's second turn as Bond, would be titled, A Quantum of Solace, from an Ian Fleming short story that appears in For Your Eyes Only. The new movie opens approximately one hour after the conclusion of Casino Royale and Bond is pissed and looking for revenge.
So to all of you out there, on this cold Sunday afternoon (at least here in this neck of the woods) may you all find a quantum of solace in your daily lives and that things aren't too crazy for you. I have found mine and her name is Mrs. Brave Astronaut.
* LBA2.0 - perhaps the new moniker for my younger son, as my older son will continue to be Little Brave Astronaut, or LBA for short.