Friday, November 03, 2006

You Can’t Be A Parent, You Haven’t Had Any Classes, Part II


It wasn’t that Rob & P.Pie didn’t take the classes.

Well, okay, it was that they didn’t take the classes. Rob’s innate mistrust of Big Brother refused to let him be indoctrinated. Childrearing had been done without instruction since the beginning of man.

P.Pie leaned over the twins and craned her neck to peer down the hallway in both directions. She spoke in a rumor. “So tell me the plan again.”

“Look, according to the janitor, the EP meeting is taking place right now.” Even though he was formulating the plan as he went, Rob’s tone expressed an annoyance people use when repeating instructions for the hundredth time. “It’s the candy striper’s job to check L&D people out.”

The candy stripers are trained by a little known division of the Israeli Secret Intelligence operating under the protection of the CIA. They could catch an NFL running back, strip the ball, and run it back for a touchdown before the running back’s legs stopped moving.

Catching educational scofflaws wasn’t an issue.

“This candy striper,” Rob pointed at the red and white striped back. “Is new. She’s fresh out of training. Wally says…”


“Yeah, Wally” There was the tone again. “The janitor. He says she’s a little, uhm, sketchy. She’s never on deck alone, except today. Complete freak accident. Her trainer had an accident up on the fifth floor, so she’s all alone.”

As soon as Wally had told him, he started hatching a plan.

Rob turned the wheelchair slightly so P.Pie could get a better view of the front door. He glanced at his watch. “Now. Look! What do you see?”

P.Pie’s mom, The General, drove under the hospital’s portico, flashed her lights twice, and drove off.

“What was that about?” P.Pie clutched the sleeping twins.

“Start counting backwards from 100,” Rob began a slow walk to the front door.

“95, 94, 93, 92, 91, 90… why am I doing this?”

“Look at the babies.” Rob smiled at her, as she continued count to the babies. He leaned in close with a proud papa smile. “When you get to zero, we should be in the car on the way to the safe house.”

“75, 74…” Her counting faltered. “Safe house? Wha…?”

“Count!” He hissed.

70, 69, 68…

The hallway opened onto the wide expanse of the hospital’s entrance area. The charge nurse, grabbing for a pen, spotted Rob, P.Pie, and the twins. Rob cursed under his breath as she whipped herself out around the desk.

“My, my, look how small they are.” Her saccharin-sweet tone couldn’t cover up malice in her eyes. “And you, dear. Look how tired you are.” Nurse Ratchet looked up from the swaddled twins, trying to catch the eye of an EP or a candy striper.

Her efforts were in vain.

Generally speaking, Rob didn’t care for people. Especially people that associate with bureaucracies. But he knew you caught more flies with honey than you do vinegar.

And his honey was all natural.

“Yes, ma’am, she’s plum pooped out,” Rob’s blue eyes sparkled as he turned on his soft southern accent. “But Doc Tres said a stroll through the lobby with the twin would be good for the three of them. Must be the fresh air.”

The charge nurse, relenting a little under Rob’s Jedi mind trick, smiled with Rob. “Well, you better keep moving if you want to get the best air.”

Rob nodded slightly as the nurse returned to her desk to answer the phone. They strolled away at a right angle to the sliding double glass doors of freedom and straight toward the candy striper.

P.Pie turned her head and looked nervously at Rob. A thin bead of sweat had formed on her upper lip as she mouthed 19, 18, 17, 16.

Rob veered left, keeping the striper in his sights and meandered toward the doors. He could see The General’s car turning off the street.

15, 14, 13, 12…

They were almost at the doors. Wally was mopping the entrance. They were going to make it.

The striper turned, phone in hand, and called out at the top of her voice, “We’ve got a runner!

Rob’s blood turned to ice and his legs moved as if they were filled with lead.

11, 10, 9, 8…

Rob tried to pick up speed as the getaway car approached the entrance.

7, 6, 5, 4…

Looking back, he saw the two coffee sipping interns running, almost on top of them.

3, 2…

With one mighty push, he shoved the wheelchair through the automatically opening door as the intern/EP tackled him. The second EP was reaching for P.Pie as Wally’s mop handle clotheslined the agent.

P.Pie scrambled from the chair and into the open door of the car. Before the door could close, the car was off, heading for a life on the lam.

As the agents were joined by more agents, they took turns beating Rob about the head and shoulders. Even though his eyes swelled shut, he could see his children.

And they were at last free and P.Pie was free to parent by instinct, not by rote training.


Blogger radioactive girl said...

If you don't take any classes, that is ok because you will figure it out. The babies will tell you what they need. However, when I had my first baby, I was totally clueless despite all the babysitting and working in daycares I had done when younger. I highly recommend the book what to expect the first year. Not that you need to necessarily read it ahead of time but it is good to have if you freak out about something at 2 am and don't want to call the doctor....although when I had my first baby I didn't have a computer (I know can you believe it!) and now I'd probably just consult Dr. Google for any late night questions.

11/04/2006 11:33 AM  
Blogger honglien123 said...

pfft...borrow a baby from a friend for an afternoon and practice. That's what the hubs and I did just to get the hang of the diapering and holding business and for the rest, well, love and respect are all you need, the rest will follow naturally. Have no fear, the government hasn't balanced a budget in a million years and the FBI have computer equipment I swore I shipped to the dump years ago. I think you're safe from Big Brother.

11/05/2006 11:44 PM  
Blogger creative-Type Dad (Tony) said...

Classes? What classes!?

It's all "instinct" my friend. Like starting fires with rocks and killing bears and wolves with your bare hands. You just have to get into "the mode".

You'll be find. The force is with you.

11/06/2006 12:22 AM  

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