Just Sayin’: Lost in summer
- June 25, 2012
- on 6/25/2012
- MoJo: Lori Rypka
OK, so we’re two weeks into the summer break. I’m going to make a sad admission right now.
I have no idea what is going on outside of my bubble. Heck, I’m lucky that I remember what day it is some days.
Sure, some may love to get lost in summer and enjoy the 80-plus day ‘vacation’ from the school routine. The kids certainly love it. For me, one day blends into another, and I have to check the calendar for a reminder of what day it is … not like I have much planned on most days anyway.
On Sunday mornings I try to catch a few headlines that scroll across the ticker on TV, but other than that, I haven’t a clue what’s going on in the world.
In my world, however, I know what’s going on. I’m learning a little more about my kids and watching them grow and change every day. There are frustrating moments, but there are also belly laugh moments.
My daughter is in an interesting phase of blossoming. She is really coming into her own, showing some independence (at times), and verbalizing more what she’s thinking – whether I like it or not. She’s starting to be a little sassy at times, and while it’s not always appreciated, the message she is trying to send is noticed. I learn more about myself and my relationship with her through her comments. I hear what she’s thinking and what bothers her, and I find it fascinating.
She makes me laugh and smile when she grabs her notebook with phone numbers of every family member. When her TV time is done, she immediately grabs a phone and starts going down the list. She will call everyone … every day … sometimes multiple times. I love that she is so comfortable calling her grandparents and aunts and developing her own relationship with them, especially since we don’t see them that often.
She has developed an interest in fitness-related activities, and has really taken to tae kwon do. I can’t tell you how proud I am of her and her growth.
My son has developed quite the personality. He’s a crazy, crazy little man who seems to grow up more each and every day. I swear he has bees in his butt – his two speeds are on and off. His on is really ‘on.’ I’ve seen him literally ‘rev up’ to prepare to run somewhere by running in place before taking off.
He makes me laugh every day, but last night, he made me laugh harder than I have in a long time. I was in my room working on my computer when I looked over and saw him climbing the walls – literally. He had placed his hands on each side of the doorjamb then jumped up to place each foot on each side, as well. He proceeded to climb up the doorjamb to the top of the entryway. He did this in about two seconds, and all I remember the first time I saw him was “Oh my goodness, I’m in trouble now … Where’s my camera?” He proceeded to climb at least 20 more times. When he was done, he came over and said, “I need a rest from getting all these muscles!” That rest lasted no more than 20 seconds before he was off to try it more. He was so proud of himself.
So, I may not know what’s going on in the European markets, or what is going on in the political arena in this country. But in my world, I’ve got the whole story instead of just the headlines.
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