Monday, January 29, 2007

Happy Birthday Callum


Yesterday (1/27) was Callum's first birthday. We celebrated with a few presents (he got some awesome bath toys from friends Eve and Rob in the UK, and some handmade wooden ones from Kim & Bill & their son Nick) and by putting up his best birthday present, a swinging chair that hangs from the ceiling in the living room. He can sit in it and look out the front window and be swung - it seems to be a big hit.
We had a scare around New Year's - Cal caught a cold which as predicted, developed into an upper respiratory infection, and he spent about a week at Johns Hopkins. Janet and I alternated nights sleeping on a trundle bed by his side. It was the tensest time we've had since September. But as our friend Eamonn reminds us, Hopkins - just 5 blocks from our house - is literally one of the best hospitals in the world, and I think they proved that to us with the care they gave him. Cal's home now and recovered, so we're back to planning for his Mississippi and Seattle trips. Caution is the new watchword though - we have a much deeper understanding about the "risks" that come with a run-of-the-mill cold. I can't wait for winter to end.
A bunch of friends did benefit shows for Cal this weekend: Nick Pimentel and the Owls and Crows folks did one in DC; Jessica Hopper organized one at the Empty Bottle in Chicago with Bobby Conn, our pals in the Life and Times, and Red Eyed Legends; and our old friends at North Six in Brooklyn put on a show with Ted Leo, Medications, the Forms, and Last Letters. Cal is so lucky, and we are so lucky, to have these friends and this kind of support. I don't know how we will ever be able to thank people for the kindness they are showing. I don't see how Callum will ever grow up to be a proper cynical punk rocker, since he is already experiencing undeniable proof that at least some people are essentially good at heart.

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