Day 2: Spring Break Musings

cate readingIt’s Spring Break. For the last couple of years during SB, I have worked less than normal, bringing the girls with me to the store for a limited amount of time each day. This year with the construction project, there’s really nowhere for them to play and there are no railings upstairs. Safety first: I signed them up for a drama camp at the Olympia Family Theater (I am a board member). They are doing a show for the parents on Friday (Snew White) but from what I can tell, there is a whole lot of singing The Greatest Showman. This afternoon, I brought them back to the store for a few minutes before their regular Wednesday babysitter picked them up.

Cate walks in the store, finds the book she was reading the last time she was here, sits down, and is completely sucked into the story. Jane wants me to go to the bathroom with her, she wants to see my cleaned-off desk, she wants to see if there are any snacks in the drawers (no), she wants to see what the workers are doing. The girls are so, so different. I enjoy and love both their approaches. One of my favorite things about parenting two children is I am a different mother to each child. They need different things from me. The connections are different. The tender spots are different. They are each having a unique, singular childhood.

One other story: A new para-educator started in Jane’s class in January. She’s a customer of the store so I know her a little. It took her three months before she realized that Cate and Jane were actually sisters, not just friends. They look nothing alike! I do love that she noticed they were friends before she knew they are sisters.

I hesitate to mention this but I am thinking (more than thinking) about participating in the #100DayProject. The idea is to pursue a creative project for 100 days from April 3 to July 11. The working title for my project is 100 Days of Noticing. I am so much more in my life if I am writing about it. I am planning to elaborate on a photograph here on the blog and then post an abbreviated version on my personal instagram account @andreaygriffith. No pressure to read every day or to even care, but writing this is how I am cementing my participation. This is day 2.

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Andrea Y. Griffith

owner of browsers. former librarian. wife. mother of two sweet girls. george's devoted owner.

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