Tuesday, August 21, 2007

One of a Kind

Friend and Lollapalooza companion Kegz recently lent me Alternadad by Neal Pollack.

Actually, the whole time he was reading it he kept saying that Husband should read it, and although Husband is not fond of the reading I agree that he should read it.

It was all fun and games the first few chapters. Ho ho ho! These people (Pollack and his wife and eventual child) sound very like someone I might hang out with. Like a slightly more neurotic about natural childbirth and natural foodstuffs type playdate buddy. When he bitched about the healthcare system and their insurance issues, I was all "Sing it, brother!"

It wasn't until the chapter where Elijah (the kid) turned 1 1/2 ish and he was describing their experience at the Little Gym that it went into twilight zone territory. It was pretty much exactly like what Husband described as his and Miss D's Gymboree days. Which I had the pleasure of enjoying about twice.

On the one hand it is comforting to know that there are others out there that feel similarly about certain things and also write books about them. On the other, it is disappointing to have pointed out to you that you are not exactly an original.

But for reals, I wisht he had a section about potty training in there.


Lakeview Coffee Joe said...

Sorry girl, I just can't relate to the kidz stuff. I got nuthin'.

alexis said...

my NM friend had a verrrrry long struggle with getting her little boy potty trained. Eventually it was daycare and peer pressure that got it finally done.

kegz said...

Glad you liked it. I really enjoyed the parts where they were trying to find a school. While reading it, I kept thinking this was a book topically about parenting that non-parents could enjoy as it gives some insight into the newly minted minds of their parenting friends. You think? or no?

Here's to Husband reading it.

alexis said...

mail it on over and I'll let you know. ;)