The high mountain sun was baking down on us through the twigs in the tree above. No leaves. All of the trees I could see from where I was sitting, in a Town awarded “Tree City USA” status, had full, green leaves. The tree providing shade for Charlie’s Kindergarten graduation, although impressively gigantic, had only twigs. Nonetheless, the celebration was great. Melody and I were beaming with pride as Charlie did his “fly away,” walking over the steps into 1st grade. I later asked Charlie what his favorite part of kindergarten was. A smile spread across his face, he filled his chest, then said, “Every part!” Melody and I are happy parents.
Just the day before, on May 25th, Netherlee Bee turned 2 years old. What!? As she strives to catch up with Charlie (now 6) in every aspect, she has been growing so fast. When she’s hungry, Netherlee runs to the kitchen and grabs the refrigerator handle with both hands, then walks up fridge with her feet, as if she’s standing horizontal on the door, trying with all her might to pry it open. When I ask her what she’s doing, the reply I get is, “Hungy.” Then I say, “Hungry?” And then she giggles with delight that I understood what she wanted.
Meanwhile, Theo is a smiling, sleepy baby. As a proud father, I have a certain glow after being the first one to dress Theo in a new outfit (usually from the thrift store, but new to him). My baseless arrogance was crushed however, when yesterday Melody said, “There’s a price tag stuck to Theo’s belly.” She then said it was really
stuck and we would have to get it wet before it could be removed. I thought about that. I wondered if Melody knew I was the one that put him in that onesy? I volunteered to give Theo a bath. After the bath I could still see a rectangle of clear glue on Theo’s belly. But he was smiling…
Life is busy and Melody and I are always trying to keep up. But there is joy all around us and we try to remind ourselves of that every now and then. After all, in just the past few weeks, Charlie graduated Kindergarten, Netherlee turned 2 years old, and Theo is no longer for sale.