We currently live in a one-bedroom apartment. That means that, provided we still
live here in November, our baby will not have a nursery—he’ll just have half
of our bedroom. That’s going to be difficult, but what makes me really sad about
the situation is that my wife doesn’t have a room to decorate for dear little
Tater. (For those of you just joining us, be sure to read the
It would do my heart good to see her and, of course, help her lovingly choose
fabrics and colors for the bedding and the walls, but I’m thinking that maybe
it’s a good thing decoration isn’t an issue.
We argued more about the planning of our wedding than any other topic in our
entire marriage. I can only imagine the disagreements we would have about the
decorative atmosphere in our baby’s bedroom. First of all, I would insist on
something a little different. Everyone has teddy bears and toy cars. There’s
nothing wrong with either of them except that they’re a little overdone. Christians
tend toward Noah’s ark and the Garden of Eden because they have cute little
animals, though I think that neither global destruction resulting from God’s
wrath nor a scene necessitating strategically placed leaves are appropriate
for a youngster. So I came up with the perfect solution: robots. Boys love
mechanical things, and robots fuel the imagination. I mentioned this idea to
Mrs. Happy a couple of weeks ago. Since the point is effectively moot, she
didn’t offer an opinion one way or the other. But earlier this week, she just
couldn’t hold it in any longer:
Her: I don’t think I like your robots idea for the nursery.
Me: Why not?
Her: Robots are cold and lifeless.
Me: No. You’re thinking of the psychotic evil robots. We’d
focus on the benevolent robots who protect our planet and the universe from
superhuman villains and other destructive forces.
Her: (pauses, staring at the ground) You’re going to turn
him into a nerd, aren’t you?
In the end, I guess the baby doesn’t care what we put on his walls, if he
has walls. Just give him bright colors and a soft blanket and he’ll be fine.