I have three minutes to type. I am late getting back here with some non-whiny words, but better late than never. Some good things:
- Spring afternoons at the park. Spent a lovely afternoon at the park with Mia today. It was another resplendent sunny day, and we explored a funky little playground we had never been to before. We were the only ones there, and Mia happily created a pretend world where the play structures were houses and apartments. The image of her on the hillside picking a few of the millions of blooming buttercups is one I hope I'll always remember. Also had a poop emergency, which necessitated Mia's first poop in the woods. I wiped her butt with leaves. What an adventure.
- Swimming lessons. Mia is in swimming lessons, and she is so advanced that they put her in the group for the top swimmers. She's only had two lessons and she's already doing all the stuff she had become afraid of over the winter, like swimming independently, putting her head under water and jumping off the side. I love seeing her succeed.
- Dandelions. For years, I have seen dandelions as ugly weeds that would be better off dead. That is how I was taught to see them. And then I showed Mia how to blow the fuzzy dandelions and make wishes. Now, she exclaims with delight every time she sees "a dandelion!" She has picked dozens, maybe hundreds of them this spring. We have made too many wishes to count. Have you ever examined that fuzzy globe really closely or watched the seeds parachuting on the breeze? A dandelion is perfect, a whole universe unto itself, a treasure. Mia knows that without having to be taught.
- Great neighbors. We had an impromptu cookout with a few of our neighbors this weekend. I set up a kids table on the lawn, and the three girls ate dinner out there while the grownups sat on the porch laughing and drinking beer. Then, we ate a lovely salmon dinner while the kids watched a movie. I always hoped for a life where I drank beer with my neighbors, and now it has happened. A dream come true.
- Website development. After struggling and avoiding and spending hours getting nowhere, I finally figured out how to build my own website. A real one, with hosting and a content management system and its own domain name. (Until a couple months ago, I didn't even understand what that stuff was.) My sense of accomplishment is immense. Within a couple weeks I should have a professional website and blog that I can be proud of. More details to come. You, my loyal readers, at least the handful of you who are not my real-life friends, will soon know much more about me. Like my name, and where I used to work, and what I look like. I know you cannot wait.
- The non-office life. No matter how much I whine and moan, this beautiful spring of working from my sunlight-bathed couch, exploring parks and digging in the garden with Mia and taking the first steps out of my long, deep rut--it is an incredible gift. I promise not to forget it.