Frances takes a break during one of her last few ballet classes.
We’ve been experiencing a drought in our otherwise verdant-in-June little spot on the planet. The lawns everywhere are yellowed and parched, and the heat is unrelenting. So, the Pink Cup Family happily went swimming last Sunday. We stayed in the pool for a long, long time.
On Saturday night, Frances had her annual ballet recital (Swan Lake), and it went very well. Each year, I get special permission to stay backstage with her in case she gets overwhelmed by noise or by separation. She was very overwhelmed near the end, and I talked her through it as well as I could.Continue reading “The last bow”
Every day, Frances verifies many rules with me. Usually, they come out of the blue, but sometimes I know what inspired them. Yesterday, she asked me what happens to biomedical waste. I googled the term, and then we discussed what is supposed to happen and what sometimes happens. Today, the following conversation… Frances: Don’t catchContinue reading “Rule of thumb?”
I came across this little gem in Frances’s school journal: “Thurs. Oct. 8, 2015. When I am bored, I annoy my sister. I do: ‘Knock, knock. Do you want to build a snowman?’ It really annoys my sister.” Yes, she knocks on Pink Cup Sister’s bedroom door and sings the Do You Want to BuildContinue reading “Spare time”
Me: How did you get so cute? Frances: It’s not from either of you …
We’ve been spending a lot of time outdoors lately due mostly to the weather but also to add to the realism of the horse-and-doll scenes. Frances spends all of her doll time setting up scenarios but doesn’t actually play. Once the setup is achieved, she moves on to another scenario. There is no imagined interactionContinue reading “Horse-riding doll”
Yesterday, Frances had a long ballet class because it included a rehearsal for the upcoming (very large) recital. During a break, she ran up to a group of parents and children, who were in the midst of talking and laughing, and announced: “Tomorrow’s my last day of school. I go to a private school.” EveryoneContinue reading “The price of politeness?”
Frances: I don’t want to hurt your feelings, Mum, but it isn’t ‘bath time’. Me: Oh, why not? Frances: If it were ‘bath time’, I’d actually be in the tub right now. I think you mean that it is almost bath time. No offence. I love her logic! (She was six years old at theContinue reading “Sorry. You’re right…”
Yesterday, I had to stop off at a horse sanctuary because our family had won a raffle item that I needed to pick up. I called ahead to make sure that it was a good time to stop by. I approached the front door of the house and heard several dogs barking. I rang theContinue reading “Unexpected encounter “