The time flies. Seriously. I know that all parents say that, but it’s true! My kids have grown up so fast. It seems like just the other day I was helping little Selena with building blocks and flash cards. She had her birthday today, and she’s already so outgoing. She takes after her dad so much. We went to the park to celebrate after, and so she could meet new people. She really liked playing with this girl, Annalise. Johnny played a game of chess. He really likes to play chess right now, he even asked us to get one for the house! We said no, of course. He is perfectly fine just playing at the park.
He’s always telling us how he gets the best grades in school. And…I’d be happy about that, except he gets high C’s and low B’s… Either he’s lying…which I’m sure he isn’t, or the kids at his school aren’t very smart…at all. I’m getting increasingly worried this isn’t the best place to live. When I moved here, I was only 18, I wasn’t thinking about schools and stuff.
“Want to cloud gaze with me?” Johnny asked me when we got home.
We went to a flat, grassy area to cloud gaze.
“That one looks like a bunny!” He exclaimed.
“Yeah, it does.” I replied. I hadn’t done this in a while. “And that one looks like a turtle.”
Mitch and I helped them with their homework after they played around the yard.
“Selena, that is 4 plus 6, not minus.”
“Right! And that would be 10.”
When she was done, I went to practice programming. Ever since I was pregnant with Jonathan, I had not gotten a promotion. I’d been busy or on family leave, Mitch and I had lived on family leave, and taking care of a toddler was a full time job, honestly. Now that both Jonathan and Selena were children, and could do some things for themselves, I had more time to work myself.
“What are you doing, Mommy?”
“I’m working. This is my homework, Selena.”
Johnny and Selena have become good friends. They almost never fight, and they always are playing around, laughing, and telling stories. Listening to them laugh outside their door is always amazing.
“And then,” Selena said, “The teacher caught them, and they were like ‘What!?’ It was so funny!”
“I know right!”