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School fundraiser

I’d like an option where I just give $20 directly to the school, rather than spending $20 for $5 worth of junk I don’t want so that the school can get $2. Is that so unreasonable?


I taught my daughter to play Mancala. She didn’t quite get it, and I didn’t think much more about it. That was perhaps 2 months ago. This evening, she wanted to play. She remembered the rules, and she beat me about half the time. I was so proud. 🙂

First Grade

The little person starts First Grade tomorrow. She’s very excited about it, even to the point of wanting to go to bed an hour early so that she’ll be extra ready. I wish I had something to be excited about going to do on Monday. But, of course, I’m excited for her.

I warned her not to grow up too fast, or she’d be in big trouble, missy, and shook my finger menacingly at her. She giggled and said “Dad!” like only a little girl can. (Those of you with daughters can supply exactly the intonation, I’m sure!)

She really is wonderful, and I’m excited for all the adventures that she’s going to have this year.

Leaving for OSCon

For no special reason
I am leaving you for awhile tonight
I’m flying far above you
Still I love you
You make things right

Well, you know me I’m a nomad
I can’t feel bad
About the way I am
I’ve been rolling around
My whole life
You’re my candlebright in the window
You guide me back again
And I come when you shine
(Candlebright, by Stevie Nicks)

How does one make a 6 year old understand that I love travelling, love going to these conferences, but hate being away from her? I think that she almost gets it. And what’s even cooler, she’s starting to talk like she wants to visit exotic places too. I think that the great adventures are still before us.

When I think about you
I think about how much I
Miss you when you’re not around
When I think about you
I think about how much I
Can’t wait to hear the sound
Of your laughter
Time and distance never matter
Well I miss you now
(I miss you now, by Stevie Nicks)

Kindergarten almost over

Speaking of milestones, today is Sarah’s last Gym day in Kindergarten. From being nervous on the first day, she now never ever ever wants to leave Kindergarten. She is reading whole books all by herself. She has lots of good friends. She’s developing into very much her own person. It’s so much fun to watch, and every minute of it that I miss I can never get back.

In a sense, I really envy her teachers, who get to spend more time with her than I do. She is really a wonderful little woman, and I don’t want to miss anything.

Inflatable whale

Meijer had really good prices on inflatable pool thingies today. We got a whale. It took aeons to blow up, causing me nearly to pass out. And then we couldn’t get it out the door, so we threw it off of the balcony. Getting it back indoors afterwards was … interesting. So now I have a killer whale sitting out on my balcony. It’s *huge*. Sarah loved it, and we played in the pool for quite a while with it. 🙂

6 years old

When I was One,
I had just begun.

When I was Two,
I was nearly new.

When I was Three,
I was hardly Me.

When I was Four,
I was not much more.

When I was Five,
I was just alive.

But now I am Six, I’m as clever as clever.
So I think I’ll be six now for ever and ever.

— A.A. Milne

My little person turned six today, which is practically all grown up. She says that, although being 5 was a lot of fun, she is having a lot of fun being six too.