Some people run little online family photo albums on their blogs. Oklachusetts kinda does that. See? Here are two pictures of Emmett attempting to pick up a pea between his still-ungainly-though-suddenly-not-decidely-ungainly thumb and forefingers.
And here is a picture of Emmett wearing a decidely-too-big-but-strangely-not-decidely-overwarm-given-it's-no-longer-winter wool cap that belongs to his daddy.Other blogs, like Sweet Juniper, have reimagined the family blog genre to find a compelling narrative that transcends any individual blogger's concerns and attains something like the universal. By chronicling the turmoils and triumphs of being a parent and spouse in the ruins of modern day Detroit, Jim (the guy who runs Sweet Juniper) has captured a certain zeitgeist that I think many Americans are feeling right now: a curious mix of anger at the asswipes who got us in this mess and a real fear for the future that nonetheless can't destroy the hope that we can make it right for our children. By it, I mean our cities, our country, our world. Funny how reading a blog can give me that hope.
What does Oklachusetts add to the blogosphere, I wonder? I like to think it synthesizes two ways of looking at the world and puts forth a new way. Or perhaps it shows that a blue and red state have more in common than people realize, despite very real differences (though I haven't discussed politics all that much). Maybe it's a meditation on how the hopes and dreams a parent has for a child are similar to the hopes and dreams a citizen has for his or her city.
Parents are like city planners who only have a few chances to get it right. What buildings will they raze, what buildings will they keep? Will they build a highway through the center of town, or will they build a central park?