Bigger Than A Breadbox

Nature will never cease to amaze me. Between the baby upstairs and Carmela the basset hound I’m all agog.

We’ll start with Carmela. get-attachment-1Well she is a puppy no more. This morning coming back from running I notice a dog who resembles tubular pasta with floppy ears sitting patiently in front of the cafe below my house staring at me. I think, hmm…have we met? She looks familiar, realizing it’s Carmela. Her parents have been away so I haven’t seen her in a couple of weeks, not since we were discussing my new autumn color palette, see up and coming post...Minutes From A New York Writer’s Workshop – December…on the steps of her house.

I couldn’t quite get over how much she had grown. One could say she has lost her puppy fat. Gone was that svelte, slinky speckled form you could wrap your arms around like a playful palomino. The more mature Carmela, brays a sedateness not present before…like an aunt you played catch with who now sits on the sidelines to watch the game.

I suppose this was inevitable, but still it took me by surprise.

Then we have Randolph, the new baby upstairs, who just a few short weeks ago made his debut on the planet…see Baby Makes Three :…He too was loitering in front of the house in his state of the art stroller that I swear had a GPS. Suddenly I heard…go left on Fifth Avenue eight blocks, turn right entering zoo…seals 30 feet from entrance.

Millicent, his mother, held him up like a loving cup for me to behold. Well, he’s tripled in size. Whereas before he was a medium size loaf of Asian pumpernickel, now he’s a large, wearing mini Keds looking as if they should be dangling keys and a flashlight.

“Hi Randolph,” I cooed, hoping he wasn’t bi-lingual quite as yet since I’ve been remiss practicing my Japanese. He did look a little bored by my baby talk. According to his father he’s already showing signs of being avidly interested in sports. I made a mental note: have all scores and game results on hand for baby, I mean Randolph’s, cameo appearance.

“You want hold him?” Millicent sweetly asked? I’m not one to pass up an offer such as this. “Are you kidding?” I said, my baby light blinking like a yield sign, “you can just hand that loaf right over thank you very much.”

He weighed a ton. Is he carrying an M-16? Why is this child so heavy? Solid, would be the right word. I had scary visions of sumo wrestling above me while plaster puckered off the ceiling. images-66 After giving him back because my back began to hurt, I thanked his mother for being so kind. I mean it’s not often one gets to work her lat muscles on her way back from getting her nails done.

When they left to fill their apparent zoo needs, I became quite wistful. Why can’t things ever just stay the same?

I felt like one of the Lost Boys Wendy takes to Neverland so they never have to grow up.

I then saw me, Randolph and Carmela at the Darling’s window ready for take off. Carm was still slim and Randolph so small as we took flight…

straight on till morning…images-68



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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26 Responses to Bigger Than A Breadbox

  1. Peter Pan is my favorite story!!! What a great adventure you had today. I love the photos and the words you write. Thank you for blessing me. Babies do weigh a ton! I am exhausted after holding Little Man for a day. I guess that is why the young have the young… Get some rest! Thanks again.


    • Was little Man here? How nice for you. Did he bid farewell to everything in the closet as you put it away? Love that story. At least he’s showing signs of neatness and organization. I adore Peter Pan too…the Mary Martin version with Cyril Ritchard as Captain Hook. Also the film Neverland with Johnny Depp left a huge impression. The music…sigh…


      • No, Little Man was not here…. 😦 He was with his Nana and Biggie, we just had the wonderful joy of our oldest and that was a great gift!
        Now, Peter Pan… I love it! I loved Mary Martin’s television production, the Disney, and I agree Neverland (which I own) is one of my all time favorites, can never get through it without crying. Hook is my all time favorite movie, I have worn out my copy!
        Will see Little Man at Christmas and starting to count down the days!
        Hope you are well. ❀


      • What a nice thing to look forward to. I too love all those films…can watch them again and again…to dwell in innocence is truly a grace…you seem to live in that state…I wish I did more. Had a huge disappointment today. Was up for a mighty paying job that would have, more or less, cleared my medical bills…and I was informed this morning that though I made it to the wire, I did’t get it. They went with another model. I sobbed…if you had heard me in the shower moaning like a wounded animal, you would have been shocked. Anyway…my point is…Peter Pan takes that pain and reminds us we have other choices. So glad Little Man is packin his little bags. Will look forward to his diminutive arrival πŸ™‚


      • I am so very sorry about the job. Wish I could do something about it for you. Hopefully, it just means something better is coming your way. I will be praying for that for you. You bless me and amaze me with all that you do. Know that I am in your corner rooting for you. ❀


      • Thank you. Yes, yesterday wasn’t such a great day but hopefully today will be better.


      • Each new day is filled with new grace and new adventures, here’s hoping your day is filled to overflowing with great things.


  2. If wishing to never grow up is a childish thing to think, I guess that’s good, since it means I’m still young. πŸ™‚
    Still, it is pretty amazing how fast babies grow up. My friend’s daughter was born a year and a half again and today she called me to talk (I couldn’t quite catch her dialect, but she sure had a lot to say).


  3. skinnyuz2b says:

    You have a point, Susannah. Can’t wait for time travel to begin. I’ve always wanted a magic closet where I could take out my children at various ages. I could hold my tiny baby, watch Disney movies with six year olds, etc.


    • What a sweet image Skinny. So I wish I had the experience of motherhood. Missed the boat on that one. Forgive me for not keeping up with your many great essays…so behind on my reading..haven’t been feeling great again so I write more. It seems to be the elixir for all my ills. Peter Pan rocks…as do you.


  4. Elle Knowles says:

    They grow up too fast and I need time to stop now before my latest granddaughter, Sydney, grows up before I get to see her for the first time in a few short weeks. I told her mother to put a book on her head! πŸ™‚


  5. katecrimmins says:

    So funny! I have lamenting this weekend because new kitty Morgan is growing so fast. She is taller and doesn’t quite fit on the shelf she likes best. I was hoping kittyhood would last longer but the good thing is — she’s still very playful!


  6. Joe Owens says:

    Hi Susannah. I have missed interacting with you through your blog. I hope my busyness will abate soon so I can get back to reading and commenting. In the meantime I am readying to leave on an international mission trip this Saturday and want to fill my blog space with guest posts from some bloggers I enjoy. Would you be interested in supplying one of these?


    • Of course Joe…just tell me what to do πŸ™‚


      • Will do…just let me peruse what I have so I can send you something appropriate and engaging…feel quite humbled and flattered that you asked. If you need more contributors, allow me to recommend, Life With The Top Down at WordPress, and Coffeecat also at WordPress. Top Down is a very funny, wonderful Quaker woman, and Kate is equally sweet and funny.


      • Joe Owens says:

        As I begin to scope out my blog desires for 2014 I think i want to have a guest post each week. It would be great to have many different views and styles within this. I will look at each of their blogs and keep them in mind.


  7. Carmella’s face is just too cute and we can’t even discuss those adorable feet!
    I’m in for time travel….sign me up so I can put my kids back in the crib where they are safe and sound. Seeing my son on the couch with his girlfriend intertwined like Twizzlers and worrying about my daughter traveling back & forth from college is enough for me.


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