I want to capture this fresh from vacation bliss I am experiencing right now. Coming back from almost 10 days off, more time than I can recently remember. It was perfect - we went to Maine with friends --- and ate junk food, went to the beach, played cards, lounged around. J got his first lego set, we did some baking, we took lots of tractor rides on the bike path. There were bookstores and marinas and first times.
Yesterday we listened to the Beach Boys on Pandora --- a station filled with old fashioned good time summer music. We danced in the living room and I felt light. Free. Happy. It hasn't been the easiest year but I made it to the other side and have more confidence in myself than I have at any other time in my life. I am proud of where I am today and that feels good and complete.
And a few favorite lines from J to honor the sweetness that is four and a half:
"My Grammy is picking me up on Monday from school." - to his friend in our building. She didn't care too much. I love overhearing what he says to his friends. No filter, just stream of consciousness. What he's looking forward to, what's on his mind....
"It's ok if you don't want to be my friend. I have lots of friends. Like, Max, Emma, Brooke, Noah, Nate....(and the name of nearly every kid in his pre-school class)" Joe sticking up for himself when one (presumably tired) little girl at the playground said she wasn't his friend. <no bullying here!>
"I didn't know Papa used to be a king and Grammy was a queen" (when I showed him my parents wedding photo)
"At the yellow house I didn't have colored sprinkles, or the zoo game, or a friend like Ophelia" -- priorities.