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Day 25 – Easy As

November 4, 2010

Location: Lima, Peru

Date: Thursday, November 4, 2010

Kids are like a winter home in Aspen–best if you borrow someone else’s instead of going through the trouble and expense of owning one of your own. Over the past week I have had the pleasure of occasionally borrowing Doug and Karem’s little one. It’s been fun. A few observations from a happily single and childfree man:

· You are the coolest kid a kid has ever met. Remember back in elementary school when you looked up to certain kids because they were cooler? Their Trapper Keepers and Guess jeans set them apart. Their Nikes made them run faster. They ate better lunches. Well, guess what. You have achieved that level of awesome. To a child you are the coolest kid in school. You have the all the toys and all the power. You can eat ice cream when you want. You can say, “No” and enforce the result. You are a giant. The point is, as the cool kid, you don’t have to fawn over a child to earn respect. That’s not what cool kids do. You can afford to sit back and let a kid come to you. Almost every time, they will. You know why? Because you’re awesome. And if they don’t come to you, psssshhhh. . . Go to the freezer, grab an ice cream, and enjoy just how cool you really are.

· Cool, though, does not mean not fun. When a kid approaches, realize that you are now playing their game. You cannot control what rules they decide to use (though you can guide them). So if a child laughs, laugh back. If they run at you, pretend you’re scared. If they say something unintelligible to you, don’t just sit there and keep asking what they want; pretend you understand and make up a conversation. If you watch kids, you’ll see they just want a reaction. Kids will sit in front of a stereo for hours just pushing buttons, watching lights and sounds change. If you want to be fun, be the most awesome stereo a child has ever met. Let them push your buttons and be prepared to put on a show.

· Kids are kind of dumb, but that’s what makes them cute. Look, I’m not saying children do not have intelligence. I’m just saying that if any of us acted like them, we’d be considered morons. That ignorance, however, is something you can revel in.  You can rediscover just how cool it is to stack blocks, how much fun it is to sit on a pillow and be spun around, and the awesomeness of dogs, birds, and trucks. It’s old hat for you, but for them it’s something totally new. Remember the first time you kissed someone and wanted to do it over and over again? How you wanted to talk about it? Relive that moment? Well that’s what it’s like every day for a two-year-old. If you let yourself, you can relive the awesome.

Of course, what do I know? I’m not married. I don’t have kids. I don’t know the grind. Discipline and hard work are a part of parenting, too. Kids aren’t all fun and games and exaggerated faces.

All of which is why I don’t own one of my own.

What I do know is that I had a 10 minute conversation with Luna while staring out the window at birds and motorcycles and guys doing metal work across the block. We didn’t understand everything between us, but it didn’t matter. We were just a couple of cool kids happy to hang around someone as awesome as the other.

Thanks to Doug for sneakily taking the picture above, even if it does kinda make my ass look big.

A Random Picture – An Occasional Feature on Something That Just Doesn’t Fit a Narrative

I Put It in My Mouth – A Periodic Feature on Food Told (Mostly) in Pictures

LA73 was fantastic. If you go to one high end restaurant in Lima, I’d give this place serious consideration. If you go, sit at the bar. It’s more social and, if you’re lucky, you’ll get our bartender who was more than happy to gab about the food and make recommendations. LA73 was definitely one of the restaurant highlights in Lima and that’s saying quite a bit.

GALLERY: Click through to see Mervyn in two silly hats and more pictures of food.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. November 13, 2010 9:48 am

    Churros filled with CARAMEL…..!!

    Where were those when WE were touring around South America?

    Of course, we never went within spitting distance of anywhere like LA73…..we got our churros from the little stand just inside the door of the Merida post office. Heh.

    Are you going to spend any time at all in the land of Chavez? There is a LOT to see and enjoy in Venezuela, but without checking things out, I’m not sure I’d want to spend time there just now….but if you can sneak over the border from Colombia and visit Merida for a week, you’ll be very glad. The longest and highest cable car system in the world is there – we commuted to work on it for several months. The Andean lakes and small (still?) towns are absolutely wonderful – there’s even a bull ring!

    Anyhow, next time down, I’m searching out churros with caramel filling….yummy!

    • Doris permalink
      November 13, 2010 7:08 pm

      Don’t worry Papa Earl, you can find those churros street side too. They can be filled with manjar blanco (aka caramel or Dulce de leche), chocolate or vanilla.

    • November 15, 2010 10:06 am

      Filling churros with caramel is just how the Peruvians do it.

      I´m not going to make Venezuela this time around. I´ve realized that there´s not way I can take in all or even most of South America on one trip. I could spend a year in Peru alone.

  2. Karem permalink
    November 13, 2010 2:51 pm

    I wish i was there now.
    The risotto was made with aji amarillo “Aji de gallina risotto.”
    I hope you are having a good time.

  3. November 13, 2010 7:57 pm

    Oh God, the churros. They are the fucking best. One place I went to dipped their carmel filled churros in warm melted chocolate (just the top part). Nothing is better.

    • November 15, 2010 10:09 am

      Ours came with the chocolate dipping sauce, but it probably was unnecessary. Though, pisco in chocolage milk is probably unnecessary and I loved that, too.

  4. Doug permalink
    November 13, 2010 9:07 pm

    I had forgotten about the rissotto! Don’t forget about the fig ice cream that came with the turron!

  5. Susan permalink
    November 24, 2010 9:30 am

    It makes me laugh that though most of this post is a quite touching observation on children, all the comments are about the churros, which I agree are probably the closest thing to magic that we can experience. The mere sight of churros has the power to trump all else!

    • December 4, 2010 1:10 pm

      My readers have their priorities straight. When they make decisions about the future of our country, they ask themselves, “What about the food?”

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