Finn’s First Trip Downtown

13 Mar

It was inevitable. At some point Finn was going to have to leave the leafy confines of Maadi to get out and see the real Cairo. Yesterday we took him to the US Embassy compound downtown to finalize all his paperwork so he can become an American citizen and get a Social Security number (not that he’ll ever collect Social Security, but at least he can pay for his grandparents). For a while I thought that we had gone to the wrong place — this efficient experience with friendly people surely couldn’t be a result of US Government bureaucracy. My fears were allayed, however, when on our way out we took a picture with Finn next to the “Thank You for Visiting the US Embassy” sign on the exit door, and immediately a guard came running out and insisted that we delete the picture, standing there watching while we did so. Apparently thank you signs are highly classified. Oops…I mean, the non-sign that didn’t thank anyone for visiting anywhere. I didn’t see anything, Mr. Cheney. Honest.

From the embassy we took the short walk to AUC. Along the way, Finn got his first taste of Cairo traffic as we crossed the 4-6 lane road (depending on the time of day and the creativity of the drivers). Of course, he didn’t notice a thing, snuggling with Mom in his pack. We, however, were a bit dismayed at the end of the trip when we looked down and saw that his socks, which were bright white when we left our house in the morning, were now a dingy gray. Yes, that’s the air we’re breathing…everyone take a deep breath now…feel the emphysema…ah yes, that’s some tasty pollution.

We went to my office, where everyone doted on him and we literally had to lock my office door to stop people from barging in on his brunch. He made the acquaintance of my Dwight bobblehead, and he did his first academic reading. For a minute I confused him for my students, he had that same glassy look in his eyes.

All good things must come to an end, and after a McD’s lunch, we rode the Metro home. Melissa was the beneficiary of plenty of parenting advice from onlookers, who insisted that he needed some fresh air and opened the window with the train going at 40 mph or so, giving him a blast of pollutants that will tide him over until the next time he ventures downtown.

11 Responses to “Finn’s First Trip Downtown”

  1. Dre March 14, 2008 at 12:36 am #

    He looks much more interested in the book on Catholicism than he does in the bobblehead. Another academic in the making? Whatever, he’s the absolute cutest baby in all of Egypt.

  2. Dre March 14, 2008 at 12:42 am #

    P.S. And his grandparents thank him greatly for his contributions to our Social Security checks. We’re spending it as fast as we can.

  3. jeff carrier March 14, 2008 at 12:53 am #

    I love my Dwight Bobble-head, I’m sure he’ll be fine with all the pollutants, I mean, people who grew up in Mexico have no problems drinking the water, right? It will just make him stronger.

  4. Grandpa & Grandma March 14, 2008 at 2:11 am #

    Melissa,Patrick and Finn,it was very nice to hear from you all.Our first great grand son,he sure is a handsome baby.You all look great!

    We Love You
    GGpa & GGma

  5. mom March 14, 2008 at 3:38 am #

    He’s so gorgeous! It’s difficult to believe he’s only 7 weeks old. But it’s way too early in his young life for him to look so serious and professor-like. Put away the history book Patrick. Park his little buns in front of CNN and let him watch the current political dramas going on back home, especially in New York. He’ll look like Joe Dirt in no time.

    P.S. What size is this kid already?!?!?

  6. Uncle Matt March 14, 2008 at 5:44 pm #

    See, Patrick? With all your fancy contraptions these days it is possible for them to have you delete a picture. With trusty old FILM cameras they would have had to fight you for the whole roll of film. And we all know that there is no employee of any U.S. government agency that could take you in a scrap.

    And he actually looks much more engaged in the reading than many a student.

    p.s. – to Jeff Carrier: from recent news, it seems like a nice joke in Mexico would be to tell people to visit the U.S., “but don’t drink the water!”

  7. Nancy March 14, 2008 at 8:59 pm #

    That was a great post. I laughed…so hard!

  8. Javi (not the brother) March 15, 2008 at 2:35 pm #

    A Dwight bobblehead already for this kid? The force will grow strong with this one. Hope he’ll be able to enjoy his first March Madness! The Irish are all-of-a-sudden looking really good.

    Not as good as the Longhorns, but come on… who is?

  9. Patrick March 19, 2008 at 10:53 pm #

    We’re heading out of town for Easter weekend, and will give an update–with pictures–when we get back. Remind Melissa to tell you all how she almost got arrested at the Egyptian Museum today.

  10. mom March 20, 2008 at 4:01 am #

    How dare you go away for the weekend with a cliff hanger like that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  11. jeff carrier March 20, 2008 at 5:13 pm #

    Just fyi, in Elder’s Quorum we discussed people who we look up to or admire, and Vern said, “Patrick Mason!” Don’t get too cocky, he also said Michael Moore… But either way you made it on the chalk board in Elder’s Quorum.

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