I tuck myself away in my room to read a book, braking for interruptions. I wake early and drink tea over my journal, writing away frustrations so they don’t cross over into resentment. I walk each morning to move my body, my brain into calmer space.
I’ve read every word Bardugo’s set into print and will continue to follow the Grisha as long as she’s writing them. So much care goes into each character’s formation, a full rotation of physicality and emotions, and yet the story arc doesn’t slow.
And so, despite knowing better, I pushed. Also: I yelled. Their resolve firmed tremendously. They listened to separate books in separate rooms, unified in ignoring me, but separately unhappy. They did not feel safe coming to our shared space, where I waited to badger them.
As the sun crisps the grass in our front yard and we retreat, yet again, to the table, I’m still thinking about all those hours sprawled outside. If you haven’t tried it, hammock reading improves even the least inspiring book. Try the good ones first, please.
body’s asking me for help, you see, and that’s the key point. My kids have no problem demanding assistance as needed, so the lack of communication actually means that they’re wanting space to explore – that’s how I take it.
The overview? I worked too. Why did I come home to cook while he watched TV? He didn’t even wash the dishes afterwards. And who just lifts his feet up while his wife vacuums? And who leaves these giant, dirty socks everywhere? Is it even possible to wear this many socks? My rampage took ten minutes and devolved into name calling, but the relief I felt was immense.
Our favorite books from April 2021, with a clear emphasis on the craft we utilized most during this time. There are such cute felting books lately!
Those kids can be respawned – newly set into the world – each time we camp. I think of camping now as making space for that, setting up the world of play, and I try doubly hard to find places with points of interest, with wild life, with water, with plenty of tree cover, all the advantages of a decent Minecraft world.
And the “official” school year is over for us, and with it the end of my weekly tracking posts. I do this each week throughout the year, just for myself. These posts will see you next fall! Adios!