These photos were taken about a month ago and it was an odd day. Both of the kids were extra grumbly about being forced to hike on a cold/rainy/snowy day. But as I look through all the pictures, everyone seems smiley and cheerful. Maybe I'm fooling myself, but I'm going to cling to the notion that the children secretly love our family hikes, despite all the grousing.
*The other morning we awoke to the sounds of helicopters flying overhead. A church just a few blocks from our apartment had been set on fire at about 3 that morning. We later found out that the fire was set by a kid my son's age, a boy who sat next to him in two of his classes. (Fortunately, no one my son considered a friend.) I try hard to not seriously ever judge other people on their parenting skills. Of course I may think I'd do this or that differently, but when it comes right down to it, I mostly think we're all doing the best we can. But then I think about this boy and I wonder what went wrong. How did it get to the point where whoever was in charge of watching over him, just stopped caring that he wasn't home at 3 in the morning? And what was going on in the boy's head? The whole situation has been on my mind a lot this past week and I've been a bit more appreciative of my own son. I hate the way he dresses and the music he listens to is really just awful, but he doesn't burn down buildings. I've been hugging him a little harder lately.
*Yesterday, the first day of Spring, it snowed. The snow continued overnight and this morning the ground was covered with a thick blanket of slush. We've had such a mild winter, it seems odd that now, when the rest of the country is experiencing record warmth, we're getting snow.
*Jay and I are going on a date tomorrow night to see We Need To Talk About Kevin. I am very, very excited.
*Earlier in the week we were at the museum with the girl's school and we were fortunate enough to see the Nathan Sawaya exhibit. He builds the most intricate sculptures, most of them life size, out of Legos. I've never been that excited about Legos but his work is amazing and if the exhibit comes to a museum near you, I highly recommend it.