It's been a crazy, busy week for me. It's always this way at the end of the school year. But, amidst all the hecticness I found three things to be grateful for:
1. I'm so grateful and happy that Geoff took me to a movie on Saturday night, even though he didn't want to. When I first suggested it (earlier in the day) he seemed interested, but when it was nearing time to leave I could tell he didn't want to. He admitted he really wasn't all that interested in seeing the movie I had picked (Sunshine Cleaning). Though when it first came out I thought he said he wanted to see it. Oh well. Anyway, I told him it was OK if we stayed home, but I was bit disappointed. He immediately changed his mind and he went - happily. That made me so glad. AND we both really liked the movie!
2. I'm so thankful that I was able to attend my cousin Aime's bridal shower on Sunday afternoon. It was an excellent chance to see all my female cousins and my aunts (people I don't see often enough. And lately when I have seen them it has been under sad circumstances). It was so nice for us to have a chance to be together celebrating a happy occasion. And I'm also thankful that after the shower, Sandy (my step mom) invited us over to her house for dinner with her and my Dad. It was nice not to have to cook, but just being able to so casually spend time with my family is something I am extremely grateful for. I lived in AZ (away from all of our family) for 14 1/2 years and I missed out on lots of family events - big and small. I am eternally grateful to be back in RI - near all the people that I love.
3. I am so grateful that I have a boss who is so willing to be flexible when it comes to needing time off for family obligations. Pat, the library director, never bats an eye when I request time off to attend parent meetings, chaperone field trips, watch classroom skits or go on two week vacations with my family. Even if I ask her at the last possible moment. I realize that this is rare and I'm thankful because otherwise I wouldn't be able to keep this job that I absolutely love. Because as much as I love it, it's more important to me to be on those field trips, see those skits and especially to go on those family vacations. So, thank you Pat.
OK, I know I said I had three things to be thankful for, but #4 is happening as we "speak":
4. And lastly, I am thankful that right this very minute, Katie and Madeleine are actually upstairs in one of their bedrooms having a REAL conversation with each other. Full of whispering and girlish giggles. My girls rarely have any "fun" conversations with each other. This one started as a result of the HS orientation meeting that Madeleine attended tonight. I think she asked Katie a question about one of the clubs and soon they were talking all about HS. And before I knew it, they were actually talking and being silly together. It feels like Christmas and my birthday all in one! I think I'll just stay down here for awhile and not spoil the magic by going upstairs and telling them it's time for bed. Some things are more important than a reasonable bedtime.