Finn was happily singing the words to Gucci Gang but interspersing his own lyrics in the middle of it “I need a microwave safe container for this leftover rice..”. I yelled in my meanest voice “Finn! What have I said about your lyrics lacking street cred! Do better”
This is a real problem at my house. You can’t find a glass bowl so you get some BPA is nothing to rap about! I won’t have it.
But then I realized he was bringing a giant brass anchor bottle opener he bought with his own money and a live crab to school for show and tell and I figured he would be OK. Cheers!
I didn’t sleep last night. I knew that when I woke up this morning I would send Finn off to his last first day of elementary school. I knew that I would wake up to two more years of LieLie at home and then POOF! She’s gone into the ether of adulthood and nights around tables that aren’t mine. I remember taking her to her very first day of school, heavily pregnant with Finn, silently weeping and thinking then that one day I would be dropping her off at college. I never imagined it would seem like it was happening one fever dream later. My sweet Finn was just born, fat and happy and thumbsucking and he’s going to middle school in 364 days. How can it be?! In that same vein, I will forever be somewhere around age 30 in my mind. I was 30 at 13 and I’m 30 at 46. The spaces between are a fever dream. When I catch a glimpse of my kids in a window, their height and their beauty shocks me the same way that my wrinkles and my sloped shoulders do. I can’t find a memory of the time that has passed without really looking for it. I can’t see the individual images on the strip because I was busy watching the film. We all survived this day. School, PT, swim practice, chicken dinner and a cut finger. Another day in a life lived as best we can one frame at a time in a spinning whir.
Fifth and tenth grade (starring our friend and neighbor Marchie who is also going to tenth!)
LieLie’s room is being made over from floor to ceiling and is currently is a state of utter disrepair. I brought home this gazillion pound frame for her to put a map of the catacombs in and needed my dad’s help hang it up. The required stud was off center and she balked at the placement so he fished around in her decor pile and pulled out a turkey beard and hung it up next to it for balance. You know, turkey beards fix EVERYTHING on HGTV so why not my house.
Ten minutes later the frame looked like this and the turkey beard was still there….
School starts on Monday ……..
Setting- Coralie is translating a French cartoon into English for Finn at dinner.
Coralie “her best friend is a germ so she keeps getting sick when ever they hang out”
Finn “it’s a shame she’s a germ and not a stem cell. Then her friend would make her well”
Coralie “chances are slim they would be compatible so it probably wouldn’t matter”
Finn “they are BEST friends and there is some great research being done to alter stem cells for compatibility.”
Me “eat your spinach”
Note to self- try to be a good friend like a compatible stem cell.
In other news here is my FB post from last night and the video of LieLie dancing onstage with Jonathan❤️. I remembered the very first time I ever saw him play on stage- on drums then- scared to death in a weird mall. I was so proud of him then for being a brave little kid and bringing the jam. Now I’m just loving his pure talent. The man has SKILLS. There is something so magical about seeing your kid so happy with someone you go back so far with. Music and roots = perfect.