Ugh, this week was kind of crappy, but it’s over and I survived and now I am looking forward to what will hopefully be a low-key weekend in Brooklyn (my first weekend at home in a month!). We’ve got zero plans other than a night out tomorrow with friends who are moving back to the Midwest next week. (We’ve had several big good-byes this summer and this one will be especially sad because their daughter is Jackson’s best friend and he’s really bummed out to see her go.)
We just passed the halfway point in Jackson’s summer break, which means the countdown to the first day of school has officially begun. And coincidentally, the first day of school is my birthday, so the countdown to 40 has begun as well. (And I’m looking forward to it. Thirty-nine has been a difficult year and I’m ready to sage it out and get a new number.) Despite giving Jackson what I think has been a pretty spectacular summer, for him nothing can compare to the wonder and good times of being in school, and so he’s very pleased we’re in the second half of summer break now and the first day of kindergarten is peeking up over the horizon, not too far off in the distance now. (By the way, this is how he entertains himself while he’s stuck at home waiting for Joanie to finish napping so we can go out and play — he watches YouTube videos about geography and then memorizes the names of the Unites States in alphabetical order. And then begs me to record him and put him on YouTube so everyone can see. Do we have a name yet for this generation of kids? Because I’m thinking “YouTube Generation” might be apt.)
Anyhow, the rest of us are trucking along. Joanie has grown so much over the last couple of months and is just about too big to call a baby anymore (sob). She’s not walking yet though and doesn’t seem anywhere close to taking her first steps, so I guess that, until that happens, we can still call her our baby. Truthfully, I’m good with her getting bigger. I loved almost everything about her first year, but it’s also so fun to see her become herself, and I’m really excited to learn more about who she is, to hear her talk, and to watch her make friends and figure out what she loves. It’s also cool to see the sibling relationship between her and Jackson develop and to imagine the friends they will grow up to be. Jackson is an incredible big brother — better than I had hoped, and, for all his accomplishments, it’s the way he treats his sister that makes me proudest.
Well, I didn’t mean for this to be a parent brag fest, but thank you for indulging me. This was actually a particularly stressful week as a parent with lots of tears (mostly mine, if I’m being honest), so it’s nice to acknowledge the more joyful stuff.
Hope you all have some joy in your lives to celebrate and acknowledge this week, too. Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you back here Monday!