Day Fourteen – Too Busy

June 26, 2008 at 11:42 pm (Uncategorized)

“But MOM!  We’re too busy this summer!” she wailed.

Not that the wailing  came as a surprise.  Isabelle has been  spinning a bit  out of control, emotionally, lately.  She’s always been a bit of a drama queen, and is given  to crocodile tears most  of the  time.  But, these last few weeks have seen more meltdowns and heart-wrenching sobs that I can remember since she was two. 

The too busy sentence was uttered as we were wrapping up a playdate this  afternoon.  She’s never been one to end a playdate graciously –  she just hates to see a good thing end.  I assured her that this wouldn’t be our  last get-together with our friends this  summer in an effort to  ease the separation, and I got hit between the eyes with “too busy.” 

It’s funny,  I”vebeen trying to  keep us scheduled and active, in an effort to make the most of the summer.  I didn’t think I was OVER-scheduling things.  We have had a busy week with zoo class and having friends or family over a few times, but I’ve been  enjoying the “Slow” pace of things.  Apparently my daughter and I have different guages  of  “slow.”

So, tomorrow will be a slow down day.   Sleep in, lazy breakfast, do our summer school that has been  neglected this  week, practice piano…I do hope to get in a trip to the gym, dropping the girls at the childcare room there, but we’ll see.  We’ve been invited to  go swimming at the local pool, but I  think we’ll pass.  We’ll do some driveway painting and go on the bug-hunt that we missed earlier in the week.  We’ll make our Super Lucky Cereal Bars from the recipe Iz picked out of our new cookbook.   We’ll just slow down.

She’s had a lot of changes and a lot of big ideas  to deal with.  Her friend moved away, there are new kids moving in, her best friend/neighbor’s Grandpa died which brought up lots of questions about death (there is, I  think, a very  profound post coming about this…), and, I think she misses her school friends.  So, melt downs are not totally unexpected.  Maybe she just needs a little time focused on her.  We’ll try to do that tomorrow. 

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