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Less is More?

August 10th, 2012 : No Comments »

From: crystalwalker@sterlingmorris.com
To: phoebegb@sahmsrule.net
Subject: Birth Announcement
Did you see the birth announcement? Here it is again as I’m sure the third time is the charm. Let me know what you think.

 

From: phoebegb@sahmsrule.net
To: crystalwalker@sterlingmorris.com
Re: Birth Announcement
Indeed it is, although I am a little puzzled by the lack of a name on the announcement. I can only assume you were anxious to get the card out to meet the expectations of your friends and family in Kansas City. I do hope the delay means you are affording this decision the weight it is due here on the East Coast. Far be it from me to suggest you might want to dispense with the double monikers you so delightfully employed with your first three cherubs, but I think you should know that such a practice may not help Baby’s prospects here.

From: crystalwalker@sterlingmorris.com
To: phoebegb@sahmsrule.net
Re: Birth Announcement
Lack of name is result of fear at making the same hasty mistake my parents did with me, and thereby christening my youngest with something that may have sounded charming when conjured up after drinking one or two glasses of bubbly, only to condemn one’s only child to a name that sounds like a stripper.

Any considered (and sober) advice you have to offer on this subject would be much appreciated.

From: phoebegb@sahmsrule.net
To: crystalwalker@sterlingmorris.com
Re: Birth Announcement
You may want to consider a more androgynous approach, as a way to help Baby avoid a glass ceiling in her future career. I have a good friend by the name of Mykal who clerked for the Supreme Court for three years before anyone realized she was a woman. Remember, no decision is too small to weigh carefully, especially when it comes to your child’s future college applications. There are several baby name consultants I would be happy to recommend, if you are interested.

A couple of other minor suggestions:

Here in Washington, it is considered important to avoid any ornamentation, which detracts from the central message. Recycled paper also earns you brownie points. You can check out some examples at www.moretastefulthanyou.com.

Also, it’s really not to your advantage to announce your reproductive capacities in a city where many people, including yours truly, have found the use of technology essential to produce offspring. Wouldn’t want to seem like you are bragging about your natural ability to pop them out now would you? Otherwise, the announcement looks great.

P.S. Keep meaning to ask: What is it that brought your charming family to DC in the first place?

From: crystalwalker@sterlingmorris.com   
To: phoebegb@sahmsrule.net
RE: Birth Announcement
If you like the idea of early morning coffee klatches before heading home to do one’s domestic duties towards God and family, then Kansas City may be for you. If, like me, you happen to be a Women’s Studies graduate, the place can be a challenge. So when George was given the opportunity to leave his law firm and join Plunder & Hogg’s Environmental Affairs division, I told him to go for it – although not before I was able to secure a partnership with a law firm here in DC too. It seemed like the perfect way to show the cherubs more of the world, especially with what I hope will be the impending re-election of our first African American president! I could only be happier if he were a woman. 😉

Unfortunately, George and I have not had a moment since to discuss Baby’s name, or even whether or not we should sue the Ob/gyn who informed us we were having another boy, which has resulted in a costly re-paint of the nursery we just had done.

What brought you to DC – aside from the love of a good man?

From: phoebegb@sahmsrule.net
To: crystalwalker@sterlingmorris.com
RE: Birth Announcement
That, and the naive belief that this was just one more pit-stop on a life of jet-set travel. 🙂

Actually, I moved to DC as a reporter for BBC America a decade ago, but quit working after I met Brad and had the twins. I simply couldn’t imagine working and not being there for my little angels. Now, we can’t afford the travel, let alone the jet, which just between ourselves is the reason we canceled our annual trip back to London this summer. Brad assures me all that will change just as soon as the patent on his technology comes through next month, however, so fingers crossed he is right.

While our political views could not be more different, it’s been delightful to be able to spend so much time getting to know you and yours these past few weeks (and not just because everyone else is out of town ;)). Who knew a transplanted Brit and a gal from the midwest could have so much in common? Still, I simply can’t imagine having to go back to work so soon after giving birth. I don’t know how you do it!

From: crystalwalker@sterlingmorris.com
To: phoebegb@sahmsrule.net
RE: Birth Announcement
The prospect of starting at Sterling Morris only six weeks from now does have me feeling overwhelmed, as I am not sure our new German Au pair is up to the job of getting the three older cherubs off to school and handling them for a few hours in the afternoon before I get home. Nina IS only eighteen, but I may need to re-think our childcare arrangements before I start work.

Back in Kansas City, George and I used to trade off leaving the office early to pick the elder three cherubs up from daycare, but as the only registered Democrat in a traditionally Republican lobbying shop, he is having to work flat out making contacts with the potential new administration before the election. Hopefully, it’s a temporary situation, but something about the attitude of all the other cigar-smoking frat boys in his office makes me think they’re not used to the concept of a man having to do his share of changing diapers and cleaning up baby barf. Hope I’m wrong about that.

Fortunately, the staff at Baby’s new day care downtown seem more than competent. But why did they need to know her Apgar scores before agreeing to admit her, and why do they insist on thrusting flashcards in her face all day long?

Must sign off to call my new boss before she wakes up from her nap (Baby, not boss). Hope we can catch up properly in person sometime soon.

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