- A typical dinner included a 4 oz jar of chicken and potatoes, a 4 oz jar of apples and blueberries, a jar of green beans, and a side of mashed potatoes.
- Cruising through the mall with his Aunt K was a favorite daytime activity on cold, January days.
- Spots popped up all over his face and body, as he experienced his first virus.
- He hung out at our neighborhood Duds and Suds with me, since I couldn’t figure out how to juggle laundry baskets and M as I took the steps down to our apartment’s laundry room. (Now, I do realize that I could have left him in the apartment alone for 5 minutes…but as I look back, I love knowing that I couldn’t leave him for even a second.)
- After church on Sundays, we joined the T Family at Bagel and Bagel.
- Enjoyed lunch and a trip to the bookstore with three of my former students.
- His “nana” bought him an Exer-Saucer. (Side note…as M began to talk, he couldn’t say “Nana” but he sure could say “Nene,” so mom became Nene.
- I trimmed his hair.
- His 6 month picture was taken with the Olan Mills’ coupon I received from the hospital the day we were discharged.
How do I know all these details? Well, this weekend I dug out his Big Box of Memories from the stacks of boxes left over from the move.
For the first two years of his life, I kept calendars in which I wrote little tidbits from his day. Back then, my mind was always dancing with so many sweet, easy mysteries…What will his voice sound like? What will his hobbies be? Will he play tennis like his dad? Will his hair stay this white? Will he like to read? Who will his friends be? What will his first word be? Which one of these blankets will end up being his “blankie?”
Okay…back to 2012 – Time to get going, because my To-Do list for the day is long. I’m going to take advantage of this holiday by unpacking some of those boxes recently discovered, clean the bathrooms, do some laundry in my own basement, and make M his favorite cookies. Then I’m going to hop in the van and drive 43 miles east to his basketball game.
Can’t wait to see you today.