I made him snort laugh, making a joke about my armpits. He explained how I would die an immediate frozen death if I found myself on the planet Saturn. “I wouldn’t recommend a trip there,” he said.Continue reading
Jaz graciously suggested I eat the last two scoops of cookies-and-cream ice cream today. Later, as we chatted over our snacks, he mentioned he wants to be a dad when he grows up, and probably have 10 children.
“What if your wife only wants two kids?” I asked.
He goes, ”That works. Just as long as I have kids that I can protect and take care of, and you can be their grandma because you will be a pretty great grandma. You already have the gray hair.”Continue reading
Out of 500 flashcards, I‘ve narrowed it down to about 100 signs that I think make up a typical toddler‘s vocabulary, plus a few bonus words to help me stitch sentences and sentiments together. Colors. Animals. Emotions. Directions. Food. Interjections. The w-words.Continue reading
I tried biking with Junior again, taking another route. The problem with living in a valley, though, is that it is ALL uphill if you want to get anywhere.
As I pushed us up a steep incline, a bunch of Germans zipped past me on their bikes, with a few of them actually smoking, and I initially spiraled into a cloud of confused self-pity. How am I STILL so out of shape?!Continue reading
I got a little misty-eyed when I found these photos on my phone just now.
Lola took this sequence during our little pool party.
From top left, counterclockwise, Junior didn’t realize I was shouting along with him, but then he noticed me, put his hands on my face, I moved them to my throat, he laughed, and then we continued shouting together at the top of our lungs with him keeping his hand on me.Continue reading
Miss C and I went grocery shopping on base, and without warning, the cute young man bagging our groceries goes, “Miss C? I haven’t seen you in YEARS? How are you?”
It was my daughter’s former classmate from when she went to the American school. I pretended not to listen as they chit-chatted about his upcoming junior year and her new school, and maybe they’ll see each other around?Continue reading
I spent my lunch break reviewing the German doctor‘s diagnosis, punching every chicken-scratch word into Google Translate on my phone. Last Friday, the doctor spoke mainly to Martin while I did my best to listen and contain Junior, who was bored & annoyed. I knew then there were things I lost in translation, even with Martin doing his best to interpret.
I got the gist, though, and that was enough for me. But today, I reviewed every word and studied the chart, and hit up my university’s library to make sense of it all. And there is no sugarcoating: Junior is deaf. Not hard-of-hearing, but deaf.Continue reading
My girl is home from Berlin now! I’m proud to say we all survived her first trip away without her parents. I missed her, but I know it’s just the beginning of what I hope is a long life of travel and exploration away from us. I’m excited for her.Continue reading
My sweet girl left this morning for her class graduation trip to Berlin. Apparently, I’m the only parent who asked for a trip itinerary. Martin, who is the president of the school’s parent-teacher group, laughed at me.Continue reading
I arrived home just as this one got up from his nap. Cheerful. Playful. And so excited to see me.