When one parent has to travel for work and the other parent has to go to his/her daily job, too, babysitting opportunities multiply for all grandparents. It was a whole week of babysitting opportunities (not every day) including a trip to the local science center and a visit to ducks at the park.
Still, toddlers make it hard to do things like blog, write, clean - except shoveling up the building blocks -, laundry, and think.
That said, within ten minutes of the toddler leaving, we - Hub and I - looked around and said. "We miss our grandchild." Are humans ever satisfied? I think not.
Now we can get back to other things:
Tomorrow - March 23rd - at 2 pm, Dave Fry has a CD release party for "Playground", his new kids' songs CD with guest stars like Robbi Kumalo and Wendi Bourne on vocals, Kevin Soffera on percussion, Ansel Barnum on harmonica and Rob Stoneback kicking back some brass. I can NOT wait for this show.
Books I have read this week: (both for grades 5 and up)
The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore. (I like that author's name!) Electromagnetism, Peary and Henson and Cook and polar explorations, a little bit of Tesla and some back and forth-ing between time periods - plus kid style adjusting to new people and stressful situations and forming friendships. I liked it. I'd give it 3 1/2 stars though because I thought it went on a little long.
The Center of Everything by Linda Urban. Ruby's story is framed by the events of the Bunning Day parade. As she waits to read the Bunning Day Essay - she won the competition - the author takes us through the loss of her grandmother, Gigi, and how her grandmother's last day has affected Ruby's life and friendships. Ruby deals with her loss and the guilt that comes with a loved one's death. (I relate, Ruby. ) The mood of Bunning day is so ebullient that the reader just knows that everything is supposed to be all right. And it might be. There's hope anyway. This one gets 5 stars because I relate, because it is hopeful and because everything is not tied up in a pretty package at the end - just almost. I also really wanted a donut after reading this book. Hmmm, maybe thatmake it 4 stars.
I think I read at least one other book this week. So check back later for another review.