Seven Years

Yesterday, we celebrated seven years with Li. Seven years…

Sort of a mind-boggling figure in some ways.

Part of that celebration was looking back at what led up to that day in Nanchang, and the days and weeks immediately after, both through the lenses of our collective memories and through what I captured here (which was a great reminder to me of why I occasionally scribble something here and a strong encouragement for me to continue doing so).

Brains

Scene: Family driving home in the car Saturday evening; 8-year old Li, in the back seat.

Li, apropos of nothing: “Dad, bottlenose dolphins have larger brains than humans.”

Me: “I’m not surprised; they’re bigger than humans.”

Li: “That doesn’t mean anything. Stegasauruses had brains the size of a walnut.”

Me: “What about elephants? Their brains have to be bigger than ours.”

Li: “Why do you think that?”

Me: “Look at how big their heads are; why else would they need heads that big?”

Li: “To support their ears.”

Reading

Watching Li read on the couch: it seems to include some personal form of yoga or tai chi as she goes from prone on her stomach to standing (yes, standing) to squatting to sitting to lying on her back, then to the floor with her feet on the couch and back to sitting on the couch over the course of about 5 minutes… and all of those transitions occurring smoothly and slowly with the book open and held in both hands, and without any apparent interruption of the reading.

I wonder if she is aware of her movement.

Bonefull Chicken

Li had “bonefull chicken legs” (her words, and yes, multiple, and in contrast to our boneless chicken breasts) for dinner this evening. She definitely prefers her chicken bonefull.

Ups and downs

Today, much more than most days, is going to be one of those days of both highs and lows: today marks Li’s 8th birthday (up) and Ian’s departure (down) as he heads back to Norman at the end of his holiday break and for his final semester of college before graduating.