Looking Out

People often ask me if I can discern aspects of Joanna’s personality yet. I usually shoot them down, claiming that it’s really still too early. However, it has caused me to look harder. I have a theory about her personality. I think she likes to “look out.” My month old baby girl, if she’s awake, never wants to be cradled on her back. If her eyes are open she wants to sit up, even though she is unable to accomplish the task on her own at this point. She’ll generally fuss until the holder props her up. Even then, she prefers not to face you. As much as I like to stare at her and see her stare back, she prefers to “look out.” Sitting up with her back against my stomach is her favorite position. I think that Joanna likes to see what’s happening in the world.
I believe that this is a quality that has been passed down paternally from my father to me, then to my baby girl. As long as I can remember my dad was the watch dog of my neighborhood. If there is a strange noise outside, or he sees something out of the ordinary day or night, he gets up to investigate. He loves being a part of the action and is poised to be a hero if necessity compels. I’ve seen him confront strangers and direct traffic in a emergencies.
I share the quality, and am proud to have it. My friends and wife tease me for, when choosing a seat in a restaurant, choose based on being able to see the greatest portion of the room. The best environment to foster this value was in the blue house in college that was conveniently located between the bars and the rest of the neighborhood. I can’t count the number of times that during a phone call with my then long distance girlfriend, I would pause our conversation to run outside to investigate a girly shriek or robust shouting. I have stories of being a part of confrontations that I feel lucky to have played a role in (i.e. – escorting home VERY drunk abusive boyfriends, etc).
You better believe that if there is a window nearby, we Behrens’ are looking out. So beware. Before YOU do something sketchy, think twice. Greg, Dean, and Joanna just might be watching.


3 Responses to “Looking Out”

  1. September 30, 2009 at 4:18 pm


    That’s awesome. I’m excited to watch your little girl grow up.

    Also excited that you are posting more.

    Maybe also a little embarrassed that I commented so soon?

  2. 2 greg lafollette
    October 5, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    hey buddy. joanna’s gonna be tight.

    looking forward to seeing you guys soon.

  3. 3 kdeaver
    February 5, 2010 at 3:20 am

    your blog entry about looking out & being aware reminded me of the night i went to pick up emily & daniel at your parents house & there was the drive by shooting (which didn’t hit me, of course) and your dad rushed right out on the porch to see what was going on – oh those were the days….

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