Bella has bee home all week. I've been busy with my side project, my (now) part-time paid work, and volunteering obligations .... and there's this girl. This Meanie Weenie. And all she wants to do is play outside and visit her friends and how about bingo, Mama? It's relentless.
But I only have one kid this week because my big boy is at camp. !!! His attitude this year is so drastically different from his attitude last year.
What a difference a year makes. Of course, it makes a difference for someone else, too. Where last year she was bored, this year she was distraught.
Which led to a rare moment of gentleness between siblings (who were only hours earlier screaming about one looking at the other and how one is ruining the other's life). And so much feely-good !!! that my heart felt heavy and swollen with happiness.
I am not the type of parent who cries when her child is away. I happen to think we all get along better with a little bit of absence. That doesn't mean I didn't spend a large majority of this week wondering aloud, "What do you think Javi's doing right now?" If only sleepaway camp came with a 24-hour webcam!
But camp is over. I'll be picking my boy up in the morning and life will return to normal ... or as normal as life can be with two warlords waging battle while you try to snag another freelance contract that may or may not last more than six months.
If I had to name my favorite part of Javi being at camp, it would be the letter I get on Thursday each year. So I'll leave you with them both. Have you ever seen such classic examples of !!! ?