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And No One’s Allowed to Complain About the Heat

We’ve adopted the idea of a slow summer–you know, the 70s one you keep hearing about. It’s not because we need to announce some sort of manifesto, or statement, or grand philosophical theory about kids needing to be bored, or how a scheduled calendar creates a sad kid, etc. Some of this is simply propelled by necessity: we just bought a new house, and extra petty cash isn’t exactly falling out of the sky like all that rain we got last week. I’m on deadline, and only have so much time to turn in an awesome, completely revised, perfectly sensible book manuscript to my editor (amazing words, those you just read. Scary words, too). My brother is getting married this summer (whoop! whoop!), and we’re all in the wedding (whoop!), and the wedding is about half the country away (whaaa?) from our corner of Pennsylvania. So, craziness, in all its wonderful glory. But it’s also because that’s who we are (hmm. Maybe there is a bit of a manifesto happening here). David and I aren’t ones to schedule our kids into a…

Boredom, Revisited

I was talking to David about this earlier while he was at work. He’ll tell you he was rushing from one appointment to the next, trying to grab some lunch before he hopped in the car for another 40-minute ride. I think he spends his days having wonderful, intelligent, laughter-filled conversations with other adults before taking a nice lunch break in a cute restaurant, either with a co-worker or two, or even, even (!) by himself. Funny how the other world seems to glow just a bit more when you’re looking at it through a window you haven’t washed in a couple of months. Staying at home is a lot of tedium. That’s like saying hockey can get bloody, or Kate Middleton has good hair. No kidding. Any job can have a lot of tedium, or a lot of stress, or those days that seem to fly by more quickly than possible, and those that drag more slowly than my 2-year-old when I ask her to put her cup in the fridge. I think the twist about staying at home, though–this full-time parenthood gig&#8211…