God Bless Grandparents

My parents who live in the same building just a few levels down, have been traveling quite a bit this summer. They always do, but they make sure they are around when we leave so they can take care of Rufus.
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Social etiquette

I find Jackie fascinating when I don’t try to control her behavior. She has a mind of her own, and she trusts her gut, she is confident, and usually right in social circumstances, albeit she is just a toddler. She asks for permission, she goes and knocks, visits and delights in her hosts, accepts anything graciously and declines what she does’t want, without a trace of embarrassment.

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Summer heat

It’s sizzling hot. The trees in our neighborhood are young and provide little shade. The mandatory day walks with our dog run short and behind the building shade.

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About poverty

– Mommy, are we poor?
– Why do you ask? Did someone ask you?
– No. I came up with this question all by myself.
– Do you know what poor means?
– Yes. It means to not have food, and to not have clothes…
– And do you have food and clothes?
– No. I am poor!
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July was a hard month

I don’t remember being depressed in the summer. January, February are the hard ones. What I remember is being extremely bored during my junior-high summer vacation. I find some similarities between that long-ago-summer and this one. Not my boredom is heavy. Jackie’s vacation and socializing needs on top of our diverse and time-sensitive projects.
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Summer. At home.

I printed a photo book with Jaclyn’s first months with us. I captured her smiles, her curiosity, her cuteness. But her true rich joyous self is only now beginning to show. MORE +