Frances has so much energy lately — even more than usual, which is quite a lot — and we’re really looking forward to going out trick-or-treating tonight. Ordinarily, over many years, we’ve gone to a party, which was great fun, and the evening usually would end with me taking Frances door-to-door by ourselves, away fromContinue reading “Halloweening”
Frances: What have we DONE to this planet?! She has learned a great deal about the earth through her love of documentaries and reading.
Frances: Is this the bazillionth day that the earth has been here? I was just wondering.
Unbelievably, behaviours that we have seen since Frances was three have disappeared only to be suddenly replaced by another behaviour. For example, this fall, the rigid insistence on watching documentaries at bedtime has been replaced by (the rigid insistence on) reading and listening to audiobooks. Recently, some new behaviours don’t seem to have replaced anyContinue reading “Change happens…or not”
— Frances, do you want to go check to see if the timer on the oven is done yet? — No. — Are you sure? — Yes. — Maybe you really want to but you just don’t know it yet because you haven’t done it? — Be quiet. 🙂
I was sitting on the front steps this afternoon, and feeling rather sad because a friend of mine had passed away, when Frances came up to me. She asked me what was wrong and gave me the biggest hug.
Frances takes English horse-riding lessons every week. She has been interested in/obsessed with horses for years, and this year she gets to ride. I’ve never seen her this excited about anything else. Admittedly, every week, I silently commune with her horse to remind him that the little girl who is grooming him and who willContinue reading “H is for Horse”
Just came across a journal entry from December 2012, when Frances was five (and playing Minecraft every day). I remember having to stifle a giggle during the following conversation: Me: Hi, Frances. How are you, my darling? Her: Don’t go in the lava or you’ll burst into flames. Her struggle with pragmatic language (everyday socialContinue reading “Old journal entry”
It seems as if cold-and-flu season has started. Frances is sick today — her second cold since school started. So far, I’ve been able to avoid getting sick, but this one has her coughing constantly — so, my luck is probably running out. When she’s sick, she just wants to be snuggled, and by snuggledContinue reading “C is for COLD”
I went into Frances’s school with concerns that a boy in her class was having angry outbursts and making her feel unsafe. The school denied that he was having outbursts, and they didn’t think Frances was in any danger. I mentioned a recent incident in which Frances was hit by a ball thrown by him.Continue reading “A fine line”