Son Is Home — Tra-La Tra-La Tra-Laaaa!

Son is home, and this is what we have done today:

Watched “The Incredible Hulk” — and Edward Norton is just incredible. So is Liv Tyler. So is William Hurt. And Tim Roth! No one makes malevolence so magnetic (other than John Malkovich, that is).

And self was so glad that son is still OK with watching movies with her! And that she got to watch the preview of “Hellboy II” again! And got her first glimpse of The X-Files movie (opening next month), “I Want to Believe”!

And now hubby is exerting himself to the max, doing the backyard barbecue thing with six juicy rib-eyes (which self purchased from Costco just this morning). And it seems like forever since we’ve had a backyard barbecue. We kept urging son to invite his Sacred Heart friends, but he declined, saying he’d meet them all somewhere after dinner.

Meanwhile, self went all the way to Daly City to fetch Dearest Mum. And self has already ferried her to Marshall’s and Target, where she returned some of her purchases yesterday.

To tell the truth, self would be perfectly happy, except that Dearest Mum, ensconced on couch the last two hours, seems to be getting bored with the CW. She was engrossed with “Gossip Girl,” but then the episode ended and now she seems (exceedingly) bored with “One Tree Hill” and keeps asking self for the phone numbers of this and that Tita. Which makes self exceedingly nervous, for when Dearest Mum gets bored, there is hell to pay.

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And then (in self’s life, there is always an “and then”), at the tail end of this very long and emotionally intense day, son delivers this zinger: “Mom, I am thinking of joining the Peace Corps.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.


  1. June 23, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    My daughter looked into the Peace Corps about 3 years ago. We determined that it would be an OK thing, they are protected although the posts can be quite far flung. Daughter determined that it was too restrictive. She then wanted to do human rights/refugee work. This is the heartbeat of this new generation. They really are going to save the world. 🙂

  2. June 23, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    By restrictive, you don’t have a choice about where you are posted, then its a long stretch. Wouldn’t the Philippines be a dream posting? It could also be somewhere in Africa or Eastern Europe. But as for the general safety of volunteers, the Peace Corps has a good record.

  3. June 23, 2008 at 3:29 pm


    When I told hubby last night about what A said, he said, “I think, as an only child, we have the right to tell him, ‘We cannot have you join the Peace Corps.’ ”

    But, I said, “A is very generous. It’s his whole nature, it’s part of what makes him happy- helping people.’ ” That’s why he was such a great RA in Cal Poly! So, it’s part of an emerging pattern in his life. But I sometimes wish he were interested in MBAs or something similar!

  4. chancelucky said,

    June 24, 2008 at 6:05 am

    One of my friends has a daughter who just graduated Georgetown who has been in Togo with the Peace Corps. She appears to be having quite a “good” if that’s the right word time there. She also mentions that she’s been quite safe and the Peace Corps is pretty vigilant about their political, physical, and medical safety.
    I don’t know that I’d have the guts to go somewhere that has no ice cream and no air conditioning. Apparently they have to go oen country over to find either of those things.

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