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Unexpected Exchange

It's true, some of my favorite kids at school are the ones I've gotten to know because they are frequent fliers and we've bonded over hours and hours of in-school suspension. Some of these kids share a side of themselves with me that not everyone gets to see. It helps that I'm not in front of a classroom of 30 kids trying to teach algebra. For instance, I know this kid who has a soft side under the swearing and outbursts, loves shrimp (he closes his eyes and talks about it like a little gourmet) and carries a picture of his brother as the wallpaper on his telephone because, "when I miss him I can just flip this open." But I was not in a million years expecting this exchange I had with him in the lunch money line this morning as he's handing me his check for lunch - he's chronically overcharged and having to stress about how to get more money in his account - and he's got three other middle schoolers in line behind him.

"Mrs. Hardy, when is your baby going to be born?"

"Oh, either in September or October so I have a ways to go yet."

"Is it going to be a boy or a girl?"

"It's going to be a long time before I know that either. Maybe in May?"

"It's just that I'm learning how to knit and I want to make it a hat. And if I have enough yarn left over I'll make you one to match."

A new category, topic and life altering announcement

After 21 days of trying to come up with a name for this category, the one that will - for most - be waaaaay to much information but for me will serve as a partial life line to survive this little adventure called ... um ... pregnancy and parenting (!), I've settled on this: Adventures with Baby Chi Chi. Baby Chi Chi because Matt's nickname is Monchichi, Chi Chi for short and because the only physical feature I'm fairly certain of in this little one is that it will have hair. Lots and lots of hair. Like the Monchichis of my childhood. So that's my big news. Huge, right? And tiny. Baby Chi Chi is roughly the size of an aspirin. A Tylenol maybe. Also, this is why I've been M.I.A. for awhile. More on that later.

Survey Says?

I need your help with a little experiment. I am working on an essay that depends on your honest replies. I am writing under an assumption I'm pretty sure is true but want to double check it with your thoughts. Please respond to these questions if you feel at all compelled. If you would prefer not to comment online, please email me your replies.

(I'll post my theory even if I end up being wrong after I get a good collection of responses).

1) How often is your house ready for company? (percentage)

2) How do you feel about your answer to #1?

3) How often to you think other people's homes are ready for company? (percentage)

4) How do you personally define "company ready"?

5) What are some of the first things you say when people come over?  Is it different if they just drop by? What are you thinking when you are saying, "oh, hi! Come on in?"

5) Any comments on this theme?