Boston photos by Meg Fee
Life is good. We are all healthy and happy and learning and thriving and having fun. I'm totally settled into this life at home, content with the cleaning and cooking and school drop-offs and errands and after-school activities. Sometimes I think that every week starts to look the same after a while, but I remind myself that the same was true when I was going into the office. Routines are not a bad thing, but it's important to break them up as well. I work to plan ahead for date nights and meals with friends and family outings and holiday activities and vacations, and I try to add little surprises every now and then ("Let's go for ice cream before piano today!")… these provide the contrast to the everyday.
When everything is cruising along like this, my inner pessimist starts to make noise, wondering when the other shoe will drop. What is going to happen to shake things up? I can't stop this voice entirely, but I remind myself how to balance it out. Aaron's homework assignment yesterday was to write about five things for which he is thankful. (There's no doubt in my mind…Thanksgiving is the best holiday ever.) Anyway, after I reminded him what thankful meant, I was interested to see what he would include. Here's what he wrote:
1. I am thankful that I have a lovely family.
2. I am thankful that I have good food.
3. I am thankful that I have a nice brother.
4. I am thankful that I have a baseball field in my back yard.
5. I am thankful that I have a lot of good friends.
Yes, as I said…life is most definitely good.