Friday, October 29, 2004

Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair

SMARTMOM WOKE UP TO THE LOVELY MELODY of her Nokia cell phone at 7 a.m. It was OSFO, all giggly and excited, wanting to wish Smartmom a good morning. Beautiful Smile was laughing softly in the background saying, "Why'd you go wake mama up?"

OSFO dialed Beautiful Smile's cell phone ALL BY HERSELF.

But no matter, Smartmom was already awake because the striking hotel workers were shouting outside and banging drums. It seems that Smartmom and Hepcat have caught San Francisco in the midst of a rather contentious strike by the San Francisco Hotel Workers Union. And the Holiday Inn at Fisherman's Wharf where they are stayingis one of the sites where there are picket lines.

Oh joy.

Smartmom is no picket-line-crosser. Hell, she was a counselor at a Jewish Socialist summer camp where the campers sang the "Internationale" in the dining hall at every meal. Not only that, she knows the song, "Union Maid" by heart. "Oh you can't blame me I'm sticking to the union, sticking to the union til the day I die."

So crossing the picket line, as you can imagine, was a dicey thing to do. And it was definitely not something Smartmom imagined doing on her little California vacation. But cross the picket line she did -- call her a hypocrite if you must. Smartmom is just passing through town for a wedding and this is where many of the more budget conscious guests are staying. So be it.

Despite the strike, the hotel is functioning well. The rooms are clean and quite nice for a Holiday Inn. Hepcat and Smartmom are enjoying the spaciousness of their king size bed and are pleased as punch to be on their own for a few days.

Which isn't to say that they don't miss their adorable offspring. Not an hour goes bywhen they don't mention a Teen Spiritism or some cute thing about OSFO. It's tough to be away from your kids. But not all that tough.

At times, Smartmom doesn't know what to do with her brain without OSFO or Teen Spirit around to think about. Missing them and wondering how they are doing doesn't take up as much energy as the ever-constant swirl of activity that is life on Third Street.

In a word: free. Smartmom feels free. Not that she wants to be this free all the time. But feeling free is perfectly okay every once in a while.

That said, it was nice to hear from OSFO first thing this morning. Fact is, in seven years there has hardly been a Saturday morning when OSFO didn't interupt Smartmom's precious sleep. Call it a Saturday ritual. But it's one that, in some perverse way, Smartmom loves. Call her crazy. But having kids will make you that way.

San Francisco has never looked more wonderous. The weather is pitch perfect -- blue sky, sunshine, warm and breezy -- unbelievable and rare for this foggy city. The city is glistening in all its glory. The bay, Coit Tower, the hills, North Beach, Golden Gate Park, the Palace of Fine Arts, the view from just about everywhere -- San Francisco blesses with its spirit and transcendent beauty. And Smartmom and Hepcat are blessed and blissed out too.


At 9:36 AM, Blogger Udge said...

As one geek to another (only a geek continues blogging while on holiday :-) how are you posting this? Do you have an Airport card in your iBook?

Say "hello" to the Pacific for me, haven't seen it in about thirty years.

At 1:38 PM, Blogger mamainwaiting said...

sounds like SM is having well deserved rest from the slope. In fact, today GA had to put on SM's large mayoral shoes ( as she is the mayor of Park Slope) and assuage a friend of Groovy mom's whose son is buying an apartment in Windsor Terrace. Friend of Groovy Mom was terribly worried that her children were about to buy into a "fringe" neighborhood. GA was able to calm her frazzled nerves and comfort her - After all Windsor Terrace is just a hop skip and a stroller ride from the old Slope. So no worries. It's already up and come and practically Kennedy sightings of yet. And yes, I saw John Turturro on the street in front of Little Enjoy your time away SM. Your deserve it...

At 1:43 PM, Blogger jon said...

After we paid for our kids summer camp new hampshire we found it tough to recover! I totally agree with you!

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