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Monthly Archive for August, 2014

Nighttime Wanderings

Picture the scene. It’s about 10:30 p.m. Simon is upstairs in bed, and Matt and I are downstairs in the living room. He’s sorting electronics parts and I’m collating PTA flyers while we both keep an eye on the Arsenal Champions League qualifying game. Suddenly, I think I hear footsteps. A few seconds later, I […]

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Changing of the Guard

Much to my surprise, the era of Dirty Dog and Dirty Dog’s Twin appears to have reached an end. For the past week or so, they have spent the night with me, as Simon has determined that I can “take care of the 7-year-olds” while he attends to the younger set. This is all a […]

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Independence Day

It has come to my attention that I haven’t been doing a good job of helping Simon become more independent. This is largely the result of his being an only child; there wasn’t anyone younger or needier to divert me away from him when he was two or three, so I’ve kept on doing certain […]

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Kvelling in Second Grade

Second grade started Wednesday this week and brought with it a bundle of mixed emotions including trepidation, concern, anxiousness, and fear. It’s probably the worst I’ve felt about the beginning of a school year since the early days of preschool. There were two primary reasons for this. The first, as I’ve mentioned before, is the […]

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It’s All in the Timing

As you may recall (or not), Simon spent a lot of time in swim lessons back when he was five. He started with Red Cross swim classes the summer before his last year of preschool, switched over to the Lenny Krayzelburg academy (also at the JCC) in September, and continued there through May, nearly 10 […]

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Girl Power

Simon has, and has had, many girl friends in his short life. Not girlfriends, mind you, he’s still too young and innocent to think that way, but girls who are friends. I have assumed all along that this will pay off in about four years when he suddenly “sees” girls and knows how to talk […]

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