|"And that's how Wacky Wednesday began." |
This really is the page where
Tallulah's bookmark was found this morning.
Posted by Melissa Baumgart
My family walked to the library yesterday. It was Tallulah's second time using her first library card, which meant she was returning her first library books. The fact that these books were returned before the due date is a Baumgart Family Miracle. The fact that she read all of these books is also quite impressive. As Lily checked her books out, she was informed of some late fees (see what I mean), which she responsibly paid with her own money. I watched from behind a shelf of books, wondering if I should be walking up to offer my motherly, if not monetary, help.
When I got to the self-checkout a bit later, the librarian popped over to my station. I was ready to offer some excuse for our fines, or apologize for my kids being too loud. But instead she offered this observation, "I just want to share with you that your children are very polite. You oldest daughter was so responsible and mature, handling her late fees and talking with me when she checked out. And she's so beautiful, she really rocks that short hair cut." We joked some about the fact that my middle-schooler doesn't seem to be experiencing any awkward stage like those of us nearing forty painfully remember going through. And I thanked her for sharing, since on my end, as the mother, I don't always get to see that side of my own children.
|Should I have chosen something...easier? More fun?|
When we got home, Tallulah sat down to read and in one evening, my six-year-old read more than I did this past week. By bedtime she had read "more than she had not read" (as she put it) of The Big Green Book of Beginner Books, by Dr. Seuss. She read 138 pages. I have been stuck at 72 pages for the past five days.
I woke up at 1am last night and sleepily made my way down our long hallway to the bathroom. I heard something and turned to see Lily.
"What are you doing up, sweetie?"
"Oh, I am just going to bed. I was reading that pink and green book I got from the library and I couldn't stop reading it so I finished the whole thing."
"Wow, OK, well, get to bed," is what I said, half asleep. But what I was thinking was, "Damn, both of my girls are showing me up today."
It is now Wednesday morning. I did not read Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. I did not finish any book this past week. I am left with a choice. Do, I trudge on through and attempt to finish the book I started? Or do I pick something more fun and easy? And sometimes, it is hard to know what will be fun and easy. I know a friend that loved this spy book.
The truth is, this past week, I chose studying for school and being a mom over the blog. Sure, if the book had been easier and more to my liking, I would have done all three things. I typically do. But this past weekend, Jamie was away at a silent meditation retreat and instead of reading all weekend, I chose to study some each day and spend the rest having fun with the kids.
We went to the Burke Museum, went bowling, found some supplies for a paper mâché solar system, shopped for ingredients for homemade ricotta cheese (we learned how to make it at a demonstration while at the museum), among many other things. Lily and her BFF made us dinner Sunday night: fresh pasta pesto lasagna with homemade ricotta, caprese salad, breadsticks, and almond cake. I even made an exception to my Healthival exemptions and ate everything! It was all soooo delicious, especially the cake. Just this morning I was still thinking about how happy I was that I chose to eat the cake.
Oh, and I even got to reconnect with a friend over tea. It really was a lovely weekend. So, to be honest, I don't feel all that bad (Not that I think you think I should, it's just that I usually think I should. Feel bad, that is.) about the reading being left out. I feel like I made my choice, with no excuses or regrets, and sometimes that is what we all must do.
How is all of your reading going? Are you sailing along? Or are you finding that you, too, need to make some choices when reality stands in your face?
Happy Wacky Wednesday!