Thursday, April 12, 2007

Strolling towards spring

baby cart in peril
Originally uploaded by littlegirllost.
Just got back from Finland after an Easter break. The holiday was so wonderful. I spent four whole days with the family in the countryside, just eating and not doing to too many things. Well, we got some exercise due to my cousin's new Nintendo Wii Tennis game. If you have not tried Wii, I would recommend correcting that fault quickly. To quote an American friend of mine: awesome. As I have no idea how to explain its wonders, I am going to use Wikipedia for this:

"A distinguishing feature of the console is its wireless controller, the Wii Remote, which can be used as a handheld pointing device and can detect motion and rotation in three dimensions."

In non-nerdy language this means that you play tennis with a console as your racket. It is astonishing.

But now from Wii to we and to the best experience of the vacation. It was still relatively cold in Finland over Easter and the ice from the lakes was just starting to melt which meant that we spent most of our time inside. On the second day my sister said that she would take my nephew for a walk and I volunteered to go along. Five minutes later I found myself pushing the cart (or is it a idea) without my sister on a muddy countryroad as she took a well deserved break to chat with my mum.

The wind was harsh, the sunshine was extremely bright, the wheels got stuck into the mud every now and then. But it was just superb. It was the first time I spent time alone with my nephew. He was looking at me curiously as I pushed him forward. It was just the two of us. I felt a sense of pride and joy when realising that my sister trusted me so much that she let a single urban guy take a 1,5-year-old for a walk without supervision.

My nephew did not cry one single time during the walk. I made it and we made it. To conclude: Kids and sisters rock.


Anonymous said...

Two months to go and I am going to push the cart too, in the idyllic streets of Gent, Belgium. Sisters rock, that is for sure.
ps. This post really made me cry. And so did the last day´s Helsingin Sanomat with its article of David Lynch. Ars longa vita brevis.

Anonymous said...

Hahaa, how nice to hear that!You are welcome to push the b u g g y again anytime. (At the same time I was feeling a bit guilty for dumping the chore on you, as I stayed behind just being lazy.) Godfathers rock too!