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.

Waves

It comes in waves, and they almost always seem to catch me off-guard: that sense of missing my son Ian after he leaves to go back to school.

It comes in waves, and those waves almost always seem to catch me off-guard: that sense of missing my son Ian after he leaves to go back to school. One would think, with this being his 10th and final (for now?) semester of college as he graduates in May, that I would be used to it by now. But, no.

I do OK for a while, and then one of these almost-palpable waves washes over me and I realize again how much I miss him and how much I enjoy being around him. One smacked me right before dinner this evening, pretty much out of the blue…

Ups and downs

Today is going to be one of those days with both highs and lows.

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.