People say the days are long but the years are short as a parent. That feels true sometimes, but not this past week. This week was long AF. The hermit crab molted. We thought it was dead ten times and his arm fell off while Finn was petting it. That went over really well. Not. It has hailed and rained and sleeted and otherwise drenched my spirit, my yard and my chickens. They run up to me, clucking and wading and look at me with sad eyes like it is all my fault that the sky is crying ice when I come home. It’s not my fault, I asked Jesus for summer on the beach with a cabana boy delivery service but prayers get answered in God’s time not mine.
LieLie is home from school, avoiding new germs and eating antibiotics like candy so I’m feeling all the mother guilt. I’m at work , giving a test that’s too hard to kids in a room without heat, instead of watching TV under blankies with her. I’m doing the opposite of avoiding new germs. I’m just hoping they die of frostbite before they get to me. We did have a really bright spot in the week, though. We went to DC to get another opinion on Finn’s ears and to get his hearing aids. We could not have had a better experience at Chattering Children and the River School. If anyone (young or old) needs hearing aids go there!! Super models will dote on you and adjust your hearing aids until you can hear a baby hiccup on Mars.
We stayed with my friend Meredith who runs the River School. Her kids are as kooky as mine and that is saying a lot. My kids wanted to stay there forever with their “second cousins”. Finn is very selective about who he feels comfortable enough with to declare them relatives. If he decides you are his second cousin then you are IN. I think I still have “good family friend” status and I birthed him.
While we were there we went to the botanical gardens. I gave a little squeeze to a plant that looked like a giant tongue. It turns out that is secretes a rotting meat smell to attract flies as pollinators. I learned it the really hard way. I’m the fly😢 Luckily my stankyness did not dampen Finn’s enthusiasm for Fortnight dancing through the Capital.
We also went to the Marine Museum out by Quantico. It’s amazing, interactive and informative plus you can drink beer and eat fried pickles. What is not to love?!