Why Lemony?
(the “About Me” page)

November 14, 2005

the beginning of THE WEEK

Billy's gone off to a Supercomputing conference in Seattle. He'll be there till Friday night and we miss him very much. The day turned dark, gloomy, and rainy as soon as we dropped him off at the airport. It was very appropriate moody weather. The kids were pretty moody too, Maya with still a little cold and tummy upset, Teresa probably teething, and Georgia still with her cold that I thought she was amost over. She ended up sleeping half the day, which is probably good. When it got dark (at what, like 3:30 these days?) and the evening without my partner in childrearing loomed before me, and the week for that matter, I picked up the phone (yeah, me!) and called my favorite sister and she talked me through it. Literally. For at least an hour, maybe two. I don't know, but by the end, bedtime was in sight, and somehow I managed to get them all in bed and asleep by 9:30. I think we're going into hibernating mode over here.

Wish me luck for retaining my sanity and detachment from willfulness and irritation this week.

Posted by Bahiyyih at November 14, 2005 09:23 PM

Hi sweetie,

Wish you were here, though we probably wouldn't see much of each other this week. B* is approaching a deadline with six unfinished manuscripts. The tension is palpable in some corners, but we're all doing the best we can. We're just about to get a new part time writer/editor, I think, so things will smooth out. So this is very different from the prospect of single parenting three lively intelligences at three different levels of need. You're a wonder. The girls are getting such a fine example of joy in creativity with you for a mom. Your constant example of patience (it's never 100%, don't worry) and curiosity about the world---nature, arts, sciences---will seep into the pores of their skin. You see with wise eyes and are so good at feeding their interests. Now to make sure you get replenished, that's the biggest challenge. So we'll feed you turkey! And play Bingo! Can't wait to see you arrive at the door. Call anytime. We love you to pieces.


Posted by: Nana at November 15, 2005 09:43 PM