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May 23, 2013

Because I love a list. Especially a random list.

1. My thoughts and prayers go out for the people of Moore, Oklahoma and others affect by the horrible tornadoes. I can’t imagine living in a place nicknamed Tornado Alley and not having a panic attack every time the warning siren blares. A little gust of wind in my backyard has me convinced another tree is coming through my roof.

2. Any sort of loss is sad, but children and animals make it worse. I can’t even begin to understand what it must feel like to lose a child, especially knowing his last moments were terrifying.

3. I’m wondering if those parents who didn’t want to tell their kids about the Newtown massacre and the Boston bombings told their kids about the storms in Oklahoma.

4. The Girl asked to watch some video of the tornado. I showed her but warned her it might be scary. She watched it and asked if anyone was killed. We talked about how scary Mother Nature can be. We also talked about beautiful things like the sunset, stars, and the vegetables growing in our garden. Seven year old perspective.

5. I’m thankful for the teachers in these tragedies who protect and comfort their students. Parents and grandparents relinquish control and care every day, and you stand up to the challenge.

6. My kids have always had really great teachers. We are fortunate to attend a school where there aren’t any bad teachers. I think they both must’ve grown up a ton this year, because it was an especially good one.

7. The Boy’s teacher really understood him. I wish she could follow his little quirky self for the rest of his life. When he wrote the S word on a paper this year, her message to me said “I live in a glass house, so I certainly don’t throw stones. He was just exploring the English language, and we talked about how that’s a word we really shouldn’t use.”

8. Don’t freak out. Our school doesn’t condone or encourage cussing.

9. The Girl was lucky to have her teacher for a second time. The teacher wanted her back even though TG drew a portrait of her, boobs visible, in pre-K.

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10. Although it’s been a great year, we love summer. I’m ready for days at the pool, getting up later than 7am, and having The Kids home. They’re nearly at the age when they don’t want me around, so I’m soaking it all up.

11. The Boy has been told several times lately that his voice is changing. What the hell. He is nine. The other day, when I was singing silly songs to get him out of bed (think “Time to get uuuup. Time to get uuup. Time to get up time to get up time to get up” to the tune of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony), and he rolled over and said, “Great. Do I have one of those moms?” Yep, kiddo, you do. Until you get your skinny little tail out of bed on our own without a fuss, the songs will continue. They’ll probably get worse.

12. Luckily, he won’t have to hear any songs much during the summer months. I won’t have to come up with them, either. Everybody wins.

13. Oh and, hey, if I lightly beep at you while we’re at a light, it usually means you’ve been sitting there for quite some time, and it’s GREEN. There’s no reason to blare your horn and give me the finger.

14. If you blare your horn and give me the finger, I’m going to smile and wave, as I always do when someone has road rage. I’m smilin’ and wavin’ and you’re actin’ a fool. I like it.

15. School’s out for summer! Cheers!

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