This is the intro to my latest column for Barcelona Metropolitan.
When my older son Nico was a baby, I remember having hours of time to just stare contentedly at the dimples on his elbows. With my younger son Luca, it’s different. My days are filled with taking Nico to and from school, picking up small plastic toys (this activity takes up a disturbingly large chunk of my time), and spreading lots of peanut butter on lots of bread. With everything else going on, I often feel that I have very little time to really focus on Luca.
This is one of the reasons that I decided to sign us up for a Kindermusik class with Monica Kruger at The Playhouse in Gràcia. This way, we’d get to spend some quality time together without any of the typical sibling or household distractions. The other reason I decided to sign us up for the class was to Get Us Out Of The Apartment. You see, the post-nap late afternoons around our place tend to get a bit tedious.
“Up! Up! Up!” Luca will screech. I pick him up. “Down! Down! Down!” he yells. I put him down. “Elmo!” he shouts. “You’ve already had enough Elmo today,” I say. “Cookie?” he questions. “No, no more cookies…” I wearily mutter.
After this exchange has been repeated three or four times, both his vocabulary and my patience are at an end and we pretty much have to leave the premises before one of us starts screaming.
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-The Witches by Roald Dahl (with Nico)
-Abissinia (Ethiopian restaurant in Gracia): FANTASTICALLY DELISH!
-Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork: Got the idea from The Pioneer Woman but substituted a bottle of good barbecue sauce for the peppers (my kids don’t do spicy). One of the few dishes that every single person in the family adores. Nico calls it “that soda meat.” Just in case you’re wondering what the equivalent of “pork butt” is in Catalan, it’s “coll de porc.” Ask for it at your local butchers and you won’t regret it. As for the Dr. Pepper, you can get it at the new American food store on Balmes- whoopee!