Alex helps Brady finger-paint. God, it's ADORABLE. Except for the fact that Carrie sitting there, agog at the natural way Alek engages the little one. Oh, and he had a vasectomy, so DON'T LOOK AT HIM. That's fun, to see Carrie's hopes get all shattered like the vase. Wow, a guy that digs her (bad), and now can't provide her with the kids she didn't want! Oh, and there's this: He's already HAD children! From a previous marriage! When will she dump this guy? That's Carrie's real biological clock: the one that makes sure she does something self-destructive on a regular basis. So, Alek asks, why didn't Carrie ever have kids? She "never got around to it." It's something she "always wanted to do." Alek asks casually, "When were you planning to do this...what are you, thirty-eight?" POW. That statement, not rude at all, was so blunt that even I, miles from thirty-eight, felt it. Oh, the honesty. Sometimes, when we touch? The honesty's too much. And I have to hamn mah nahm, and craaaaah. Yeah, that's all I remember from that song. AM gold, man.
Carrie and Char hang at the park. Carrie eats a giant black and white cookie while she wears this incredibly hideous brown shearling jacket with a hand-painted back and Ugg boots, which go really well with her ugg face. She's wearing this horrific nightmare of an outfit as she and Char talk about having babies. Char is all, he had a whaaat? Da svedanya or whatever! Carrie isn't too sure about that. "Men like him don't come along too often." The other issue is whether Carrie is a baby person or not. She's never had time. She doesn't even have time to eat the huge cookie. Char asks how the huge cookie is. "It's so good I forgot to have children." Heh. Char makes more "time's awastin' so have them babies" comments, and Carrie aptly notes that it was never really a priority before. She lists her previous priorities. "I wanted to be a writer, I made myself a writer! I want a ridiculously extravagant pair of shoes, I find a way to buy them." Char says this is different; she was waiting for the right man and the right time. Yeah. Carrie can see that. Except for the extreme possibility that she just never wanted kids. Char argues, "Why should you give up having a baby for a man you hardly know?" Carrie shoots back, "Why should I give up a man for a baby I hardly know I want?" Seriously, Char. You're arguing for what you want, not for what Carrie wants. And Carrie? Doesn't even know what she wants. Char frowns and says she thinks Carrie is a "closeted baby person" and that she hopes Carrie has a baby. She's "still got a few years left." I'm not so sure. Carrie has a ways to go before she even seriously thinks about raising kids. I mean, to go from "should I?" to "let's!" is a long journey. Well, it should be, at least. It's called family PLANNING, not family right now when it occurred to me at age 38. And since Alek has had a vasectomy and kids already, looks like she found The Reason(s) To Break Up with him. Which is probably what she wants, since she's never chosen to be happy in her entire life. Except for all the little shoe-gasms.