…then you are quite familiar with “the look.
It’s no longer the oblivious, “Gee, climbing on top of the couch is such fun!” expression. At least that one carried pure ignorance to the actual danger or unlawfulness of the behavior.
No, this “look” is a new level of testing, of pushing boundaries of which he is well aware.
Today is the last day of school – let summer vacation begin!
Planning child care, camps, vacations, work obligations, and family visits has been a three month process. And we all know that despite these best-laid plans, our carefully structured calendar will be rocked by the unforeseeable – beach days interrupted by afternoon thunderstorms or rainy days at the lake.
I love a good story. But making them up on the spot doesn’t come naturally to me. I dread when my child asks “tell me a story.”
She usually asks when I feel least creative – driving to school, waiting in the doctor’s office, or sitting in her bed in the middle of the night after a nightmare or an upset stomach.
A very talented friend of mine designs modern family trees, and when I had my child, I decided to get her one.
This turned into a much bigger project than I expected. I was so thankful that family members have been collecting my family’s and my husband’s lineage.
Probably most adults could not coherently discuss
- the differences between the 1840 and 1860 census
- how a daguerreotype differs from a tintype
- or the repercussions of the 1890 census being destroyed in a Department of Commerce fire.
But the children of Island Pond and Lowell, Vermont can.
There’s an acorn banging around in the dryer. Of course there is. That makes perfect sense.
It goes along with the rest of it: the gobs and gobs of “art” stuck with magnets to the fridge, the Lego guy in my shoe, the missing checks and stamps that someone (and I know who!) used to play mailman.
I don’t like it when my house gets too quiet. As the mother of two little boys, silence makes red flags go up in a hurry.
I have become quite talented in tuning out the everyday sounds of fights over whose truck is whose and whose turn it is to play with the fireman.