When Baba’s away

Brianne was in NYC for work and this is the first overnight travel since we’ve moved into the new house.  Just me and O.  It’s funny because he actually is a better ‘listening boy’ when he’s one-on-one rather than with/in a group. Maybe that’s the way it is with most kids.

We had a fun night of blowing bubbles and taking a nice, long bike ride (me pushing O on his tricycle) around the neighborhood.  This is only the second time we’ve been able to get O out and about in the new ‘hood.  I was hoping we’d run into more people, but maybe we were out during everyone’s dinnertime?  It was just a little after 5pm, though.  We did run into a nice lady (who lives 2 doors down) with a white poodle who was very friendly, especially with O.  In fact, she offered us the full-sized basketball hoop in her driveway that’s received no use since her grown son moved to California.  She told me to go home and “talk to my husband about it.”  I took no offense, but did think it was funny and in a few years that kind of statement would bewilder O, no doubt.  Also, why would I have to talk to my spouse about taking the hoop?  It’s not THAT big of a decision that I couldn’t make it myself, is it?  I didn’t know if I should correct her on the ‘husband’ statement just then so I’ll leave that to our second encounter.


Author: The Baba 'Hood

Brianne L. Croteau is a Huffington Post featured contributor, speaker, writer, artist, and founder of The Baba ‘Hood, a chronicle of her adventures as a “Baba”, or non-binary parent. In addition to journaling her observations on life, love, parenting, growing older and other related ridiculousness, Brianne’s work has been published in Motherly, Curve Magazine, Well Rounded NY and Tagg Magazine. She lives in a full house with her wife, two young kids, and two rascally kittens and is currently in need of a lot more sleep. Follow along at www.huffingtonpost.com/brianne-l-croteau or contact her directly at thebabahood@gmail.com. Her work can also be found at www.croteaustrategies.com/art.

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  1. Even if you never correct her, she’ll figure it out if she’s two doors down. Funny, the assumptions that people make. I mean, I completely agree about the hoop! It’s not a major decision, especially if it’s free for the taking! I can’t wait to visit you all in your new digs!


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