So in all the hubbub last week, Rahul quit Tae Kwon Do. It broke my heart because he has been working so hard at it and I thought he was doing very well. But for several reasons, most of them a little foggy to me, he suddenly was done with it. And I supported his decision. But it meant that he would now be home with me 24/7 and I began to fantasize about jumping over a cliff. ( Mommy needs quiet time every once in a while!)
So I suddenly had an inspired idea: we recently joined The Botanical Garden and have been spending a lot of time there, since its close to our house and Rahul's so into gardening right now, and they have a summer program for kids, and VOILA (or "wahlas", as Rahul likes to say)!! A Plan!
The program is only 2 1/2 hours long, twice a week (great for Rahul) and its very gentle socially (also a big plus for Rahul) and this morning was his first session. And it went GREAT. When I picked him up Rahul stepped off the tram with a huge armful of greens for us to eat and he chatted away about the carrots he planted and the recipe they made and the broccoli he's going to pick for us when its ripe. And the best part of it for me was that, not only did I get to fit some work in while he was there, but I arrived to pick him up almost an hour early. So I found a little spot in the Conifer Garden (my favorite part of the park) and just sat there staring at the trees. My brain began to stop whirling around and as the muscles in my body unclenched I was moved nearly to tears at the serenity around me and within me. You better believe I'm getting there early every day from now on!
So let's just cross our fingers that Rahul can actually dig his roots in and stick it out for the rest of the summer!