Saturday at the Rabbit house started at 6:30 am. Well, not for me. Tigger had a date to go skiing with a friend’s family and had to be delivered to their home at 7:30. In the morning. I know…crazy. Since Technogeek is wholly responsible for Tigger’s penchant for skiing (a thing I do not do—cold, snow, going up very high, falling down—what’s to like?), it fell to him to get up and provide transport. Me, I slept until Little Bit climbed into bed with me at 9.
“Mom, can I read out loud to you?” she said.
“Mmfgh,” I replied.
She’s participating in the school’s Patch Club, in which children get patches for reading six books in a genre. Little Bit’s working on her eighth patch. This morning I took her to the library to pick out six biographies. If you’ve been here before you will not be surprised to hear that I made sure she got three bios of women to go with Albert Einstein, George Washington Carver, and Christopher Columbus.
She started with Grandma Moses and declared her a very fine painter. LB was most impressed by her longevity—over 100 years old when she died.
Next up was Amelia Earhart. LB hasn’t finished the book and so doesn’t yet know of Amelia’s tragic disappearance.
In between furious bouts of reading, Little Bit (age 7) engaged in amazing feats of mental math.
“Mom, I know what 4,096 + 4,096 is.”
“8,192!” She’d clearly memorized that one.
“Ok, what’s 8,192 + 8,192?”
She thought hard. “16,284.”
“Hmm, I think it’s actually 16,384.”
She agreed that I was right and went on to 16,384 x 2. “32,768!”
Yes, I AM bragging shamelessly. You wanna make something of it?
Tigger came home late this evening and found a package waiting for her. Her Best Friend Forever, Lulu, moved to California last year. The two girls now send a shoe box back and forth across state lines. It contains a diary and a photo album that they both keep adding to. They also fill it with little gifts. Tigger sent a couple of books and some valentine candy last time. Today she got some toys, a tiny stapler, a bottle of peach body spray, and assorted what-all else.
How sweet is that? I love how they maintain their connection. Heck, I may send a care package to an old friend in another state. mkr_ohio, what would you like?
Perhaps you are wondering what I accomplished today? Mmfgh. Ask me tomorrow.