It’s hard to believe we are already three months out from my mom’s pacemaker surgery. Dr. Anderson is our favorite cardiac electrophysiologist in the world. We are immeasurably grateful for him and all the good care she received at UNMC.
Simon had his first chorus concert tonight. Along with more than a hundred other fourth and fifth graders, he’s been practicing once a week before school. The concert was really well done, and I enjoyed it immensely. I also had an unexpected bit of nostalgia as I realized that one of my elementary school Christmas concerts is a surprisingly clear memory: we sang “All I Want for Christmas” and “Up on the Housetop” for sure (and possibly some others). I can narrow it down to first or second grade because I remember that I had lost some teeth and that I was disappointed that they had already started to grow back in, making the line about “my two front teeth” not quite as poignant for me as I wished it had been.
Kids fascinate me. No matter where we go, they either find friends or make new ones fast, but rarely are they content to play alone when there is anyone about their age around. This morning at Simon’s last indoor soccer game, Ian found a buddy from his class (and his soccer team) and they included in their game a new friend they just met too. I don’t understand it, but I do envy it a little.
There are a lot of reasons to stay in the van for after school pickup (some better than others): too cold, too hot, too lazy, too introverted, too late. But here’s what’s also true: Friends are the best, and I’m never sorry when I get out of the van. Human connection! Adult conversation! Fresh air and golden light! I’m thinking of making this the screensaver on my phone to remind myself that it’s worth it.
Even though he does something to remind me near-daily, I often forget what a ham Ian is. We enjoyed his dramatic reading of Humphrey’s First Christmas. (Reading a Christmas book was a somewhat posed photo op, but Ian really did read the book–and the expressiveness was all his own. Simon’s costume is also all him.)