For some reason, this graduation feels huge to us. Maybe it's because Sky is our first, or maybe it's because we know how much she had to overcome to get to something "normal" like this. It's probably some of both along with the regular old joy that comes with seeing your child succeed at something, even if you never doubted they could do it. We celebrated our big girl this week and are looking forward to her transition to Kindergarten in September.
Does anyone else remember the post I wrote about buying a piano without talking to D about it first? Well, let me just say that my slate is wiped clean as far as surprise purchases go. D was trying to keep it a surprise but a friend who works at the base exchange accidentally told me about it. We've had it up for two days and I'm still trying to get used to how different the picture looks. Our last TV was a 15-year-old rear projection one so the change is like moving from a 10-person shared room at a hostel to the penthouse suite at the Hilton. While I was pretty happy at the hostel (and it cost much less), I think I can get used to the Hilton. We're going to have a family video game night (Little Big Planet and Mario Cart!) on the new TV tonight and I think that will help ease the transition.
I got angry that a book ended
D has always called me a bibliovore but these days I haven't been reading as much as I used to. For some reason I'm having a hard time finding books that really interest me. I miss being able to go to a bookstore or library and browse until I find just the right book (or 10). These days, I'm limited to my old issues of BookMarks and the recommendations from friends and Amazon.
Amazon came through for me last week when it recommended The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. I'd listened to The Red Tent as an audio book so I thought I would probably this one too. I didn't just like it, I loved it. I was genuinely upset when the book ended because of how much I enjoyed being immersed in the characters. It's the story of a woman's life, told as she recounts it to her granddaughter, spanning most of the 20th century but focusing mainly on the early 1900's through the 20's. If you're looking for something new to read, you should give this book a try.