Wednesday, January 20, 2010

at this point in January

It was 56 degrees and sunny on the way to school yesterday; an unusual January morning. Getting the boys out of bed and out the door was a challenge. I'm always surprised at how much a holiday or day off from school can throw off our routine.

At dinner, I got the sense that it been a long day. Abbott told me his teacher found a note in which one kid asked another whether or not they liked a particular person, and stated that they did not like the person in question. It sounds as if his teacher managed the situation well, using it as an example for her second step (conflict resolution) lesson. Abbott was quite indignant and it was hard to redirect his focus from speculating about the author of the note. Cal asked me if I had ever pretended to be sick when I was a kid so that I could stay home from school.

I made vanilla almond rice pudding for dessert - I highly recommend it for a January evening. And these thoughts about absolute and perfect happiness are also excellent for a January day.

14 comments:

country girl said...

Lecia, thank you so much for sharing that Cook's Illustrated editorial. It's so inpiring!

Francesca said...

What did you answer Cal:)?

Purple Flowers said...

I have a strong feeling you pointed Abbott in the right direction. But what about Cal? It sounds like he has thoughts about this staying home for a day. I know I've done it as a kid, and watched cartoons and read. :)

Deidra said...

Lecia-

I love so much about this post. It has me feeling wistful, I think. You write so well and true about your life, your thoughts, this world we live in. I appreciate it greatly.

Thanks, also for the list of bliss. I'm reading Bird by Bird and it has me reliving moments in my mind that one day I wish to put on paper...

Kwana said...

Seems like a really good and beautiful January day. You are so good with your boys.

Joyce said...

Thanks for sharing your day. Kuddos to the teacher. I'm curious how did you answer Cal's question? I'm lucky I wasn't the one that had to answer. I think I did this more than once. smile... xo

Erika said...

We have had heavy frost and fog here the past four days. The trees are absolutely gorgeous all covered in white. Today, however, we are in the middle of an ice storm :( I'll admit I got "sick" once at school and had to go home early... and it just happened to be right before a test.

Ina in Alaska said...

The boys are going to begin to learn important life lessons...

We were on the same dessert wavelength... I made Coconut Aborio Rice Pudding for dessert on Tuesday (from Food & Wine magazine, either December or January) and it was DELICIOUS! Had 1.5 bowls.... xoxo

nicola@which name? said...

what a peaceful way of writing about the tensions of the day!
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

Sammi said...

I wanted to know what you answered Cal with too!

susie said...

Jonah and Cal were on the same wavelength yesterday. After he came home from school, he sat at the kitchen counter and mused about he would like a day off from the hustle and bustle of school, just to stay home and be quiet. Everything in me wanted to turn around from the sink and tell him what a wise soul he is, how that's what most of us really need, and there's no reason we shouldn't take it. Instead I said something parental, like, Yes, those kinds of days are very wonderful and we should be sure to take them only when we really need them. But what if he was saying he really needed one now?

KPiep said...

When I was in school, I used to get sick periodically with a random fever. Mom would come get me, I would sleep for a couple of hours and then would be fine, and could enjoy the rest of the day. And...I still do that. If I get too tired, or don't take care of myself I inevitably sprout a weird, random fever.

Ruth said...

That rice pudding completely sold me--I went home and made it! Thanks for sharing :)

A Day That is Dessert said...

So, I sidestepped the question with Cal...I asked him why he was asking, tried to figure out how he was feeling about school, asked if his peers were talking about staying home sick etc.

Ruth: so glad! I love that recipe.

Thanks everyone for your sweet comments and for visiting! xo