Saturday, May 13, 2006

Everything in America is bigger...

...except for the baby buggies.

Since Swedes seem to like to take their babies everywhere (including academic lectures), and because babies need so much stuff, it is necessary for Swedish "barnvagnar" to be large enough to transport small elephants.** Inevitably, barnvagnar take up a lot of room, oftentimes the space right in the middle of the sidewalk.

Getting off the bus today:

"Why do they always have to adjust their children right in the middle of where everyone needs to walk?"

(And by "everyone," he meant "we.")

"If you had children, you would probably need to adjust them too."

"Yes, if I had them, I would probably adjust my children a lot, but I would do it to the side, out of everyone's way."

"Because it is, after all, very important to have well-adjusted children."

"Oh my God, you're turning into me."

Let the bad jokes go on.

**In the U.S., it's a fairly common practice to leave the small elephant at home with the babysitter.


Anonymous geena said...

Björn and I borrowed a friend's baby a couple of weekends ago so that her mother could have a little time alone without the little critter. Baby came equipped with one of those giant Swedish babywagonSUV's and I admit that I felt a surge of POWER while pushing it around town. "Out of my way," I could have shouted, "I have a BABY here and I OWN THE ROAD AND THE SIDEWALK NOW." It was dizzying.

4:08 PM  
Blogger nosthegametoo said...

"The Small Elephants"

I enjoyed your commentary.

12:23 AM  
Blogger Dr. Nut said...

Girl, you are impossible to get hold of! Need to know if I can stay at your place this weekend?

Kram/your pseudo-landlady ;-)

11:13 PM  
Blogger sparris said...

And the shopping carts with huge plastic toy cars for kids to sit in attached to the front! What's with those? =O

11:44 AM  
Blogger Me said...

Maybe someone should introduce Japanese barnvagnar in Sweden. Minimalist concept, but then again, the kids here are smaller as well.

3:52 AM  
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