Day 21

Wow, 21 days since Kate gave birth to Hazel.  I’m not going to say it feels like yesterday, but it certainly doesn’t feel like 21 days ago.

Good times at Ross, Tamara and Elsa’s cookout today.  Never has the saying “birds of a feather” been more fitting.  Most everyone there had a new born and most everyone there was an engineer.  I’m really glad to have met new and cool people.

Last night I didn’t get much sleep.  Coupled with the several + beers I’ve had today, I’m feeling a bit delirious.  Kate and Hazel are sleeping soundly and for that I’m very thankful.

Hazel and I watched a show today that featured Ahmad Shah Massoud who was the leader of the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan fighting the taliban prior to 911.  During one scene he was shown battling the taliban in an intense artillery fight and in another clip strolling down the steps of some parliamentary building in a western country alongside western diplomats.  The juxtaposition of Massoud in those two positions, on one hand engaged in all out war and on the other engaged in diplomacy, struck me deeply.  Its a reminder of how easy we have it.

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