Thanksgiving Vacation

Lucas and Asher have the whole. week. off.  I don’t like it when Lucas and Asher have the whole week off. But there’s nothing I can do about it. Still, tomorrow starts Ian’s break, and that part I like a lot. Last Thanksgiving we took a vacation to Bodega Bay. Conserving cash is important right now. So this year, we’re staying home and celebrating with family on both Thursday and Friday. I’m to bring a salad to one gathering. Not sure what I’m supposed to bring to the other yet. Truthfully, I’m really not looking forward to either one.

Asher is adding more words to his small vocabulary. He is hesitant to try to speak words, especially if he already has a sign that works just fine. Many times, it’s clear that he is talking to us and earnestly trying to communicate, but we are unable to understand. He conveys an amazing amount of information with his short list of spoken words, signs, grunts, smiles, and head nods. It’s pretty cool, really. He is definitely at that stage when you can watch him learn new things—like right there, right that second! He just figured something out! It’s thrilling and swells my maternal bosom with pride.

Lucas is bursting with boy energy, which is nothing new I guess, but it seems to have taken on a more mature quality. Uncle    recently bought Lucas his first comic book: classic Green Lantern stories. He is poring over the pages with great dedication and obsessing over the bad guys. We are hearing tons about his (imaginary) karate classes, (imaginary) kung fu classes, (imaginary) science classes, (imaginary) soccer practice, etc. It probably sounds like he is in need of "enrichment," but I don’t really think so. His daily life is very full and I don’t think we could fit anything else in. It’s hard enough as it is to find times that I can reciprocate to friends who invite Lucas over to play. He needs a great deal of "down time" in which to orchestrate laser battles, jousting tournaments, rocket trips to the moon, alligator wrestling, archaeological and paleontological digs, and survival adventures in swamps, deserts, and jungles, and rock star world tours.

2 Responses to “Thanksgiving Vacation”

  • dakini_grl
    November 26, 2008 at 11:04 am

    Wow. Lucas is swamped. And I get a little verklempt thinking about Lucas poring over a comic book.


  • sarabellae
    November 26, 2008 at 11:56 am

    He really is busy, and we don’t even have homework yet. The daily rhythms of school, play, mealtimes, sometimes visiting with grandparents, bathing, and a reasonable bedtime routine really take up so much time. I know parents put their kids in all kinds of enrichment programs, but I wonder what they sacrifice to do so. Homemade food? Dinner together? Free play? I would like to work piano lessons in there somehow and maybe some organized sports next year or the year after.


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