Emmett turned two last Friday. We celebrated with a nice pizza and cupcake lunch at the house. The weather has turned beautiful, and a few of our friends have returned: Chloee, Diana, Juan and Felipe, whom Emmett calls "Pee-pe." With the lack of old friends, we've also made some new ones.
Best of all, the guests cleaned up after themselves, which was very considerate.
I did not manage pictures of the fun- it was all I could do to host it. But in honor of Emmett, here is a picture of his car seat. Unlike Emmett, the car seat went out with Dave and reported on the protests of January 28. I found it sitting forlornly on the balcony of the NYT office downtown last week.
luckily Emmett had pretty much outgrown it anyway.
In addition to Emmett's birthday, Egyptians have been celebrating a new campaign of civic engagement. This includes neighborhood litter pick-ups and the placement of decorated trash cans around intersections. Also the repainting of curb and traffic lines, presumably to encourage better driving behavior. Here are some twenty-somethings out repainting the road at one of the local midans-
On the minus side, with the police state gone, every other day a different person rings the bell and announces they are here to collect some random amount as the "garbage" bill. I actually find these Egyptian scams almost endearing. Why always the garbage bill? Why doesn't someone try posing as the water bill collector? Anyway, we don't pay them, and they go away, and the garbage is still being collected.
Aren't they adorable, these boys?
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