…and I realized that I haven’t taken photos for weeks. Being someone who comes home from a two-hour trip to the museum with 150 photos, this is out of character for me.
I think the reason is mostly because we haven’t been doing much that is exciting. I mean, there are only so many photos you can take of your kids playing video games and doing homework. But this week it has been 80 degrees and there are new leaves on the trees and Jack doesn’t have any homework because it is standardized testing week and the teacher is giving them a break in the evening, so we are full of time and new, vibrant places to play and take photographs.
(By new and vibrant, I mean “the backyard.”)
It struck me today that spring might actually be here. Maybe we can shed coats and get a fresh start in the fresh air. You know, like George Costanza says, “Spring. Rejuvenation. Rebirth. Everything’s blooming. All that crap.”
Sadly, Quinn didn’t make it. Aside from a break between reading and math homework, he was stuck inside doing homework because he’s not old enough for standardized tests.*
Because I don’t have any photos of Quinn doing adorable things in the backyard today, I decided to show you this picture he drew at school instead. In it, he details what he did this weekend, which was apparently some coal mining.
Underneath the photo, Quinn wrote, “I cut plants with plant clippers. I dug with a pickax. I cut down trees.”
What he really did was get chased around the yard by the neighbor’s 50-pound Swiss Mountain puppy while Alex did all those things in Quinn’s essay. Regardless, it’s all good.
Bring it, spring. I’m ready.
* At first, I accidentally wrote “standardized testes” and then I laughed and laughed and laughed.
Hey, if you are so inclined, some amazing ladies (Sue from Laundry for Six, Mir from Woulda Coulda Shoulda, and Leigh from Flappiness Is) and I are proposing a Room of Your Own panel for BlogHer this summer and would love your vote. It’s called Telling Tales Out of School and it’s all about what you should think about when you are blogging about your kids and their education. You have to log in to the site and then click on “I would attend this session,” and hopefully we will end up being selected to speak at the conference in August.
Honestly, this is something I think about every single day, especially right now when there is a LOT going on with Jack and school—so much more than I can write about right now. I’d love to be able to explore this topic a little more with you guys in August.