Today the boys are going off with our neighbor girl and her dad to a State Park with hiking trails and a big lake/ beach for the whole day. This is the neighbor that I mentioned before is moving away (this weekend already!! ☹ ).
The boys both seem to be getting really sad and almost borderline angry about the fact that she is moving….They have been spending SO MUCH time together this summer- literally playing together every single day- that I think this is going to feel like a massive bandaid being ripped off. They relate to her and are comfortable with her in a way they just really aren’t with anyone else.
Ethan has a tendency to get sentimental about change and especially closure to things. I remember him struggling in 1st and 2nd grade at the end of each year on the last day of school with being really upset about the year being over and missing his teacher, sort of perseverating on it for a few days. Asher has just kept retorting, “Well! I don’t understand why they need to move “to the country”. Their house here is just fine!”
I’m glad they will get this special day with her today. We took her on that river tubing adventure recently for Ethan’s birthday which was a wonderful day with her too.
I want to sit down with the boys and put together a photo album for her before they leave of pictures of all of them together from over the years. We moved here when Asher was 3 (she was 2), and since then they have celebrated Christmases together, gone trick or treating every year together, decorated Halloween cupcakes together and walked home from school countless times. Not to even mention the hours and hours they spent playing in her tree house, on the swings, on the trampoline and lately, Minecraft dates. 🙂
Jeez, this is making ME really sad now!! I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree- I’m not the best with change either.
I am really grateful that the weather is cooperating today so the boys can go off and have a fun day with their friend! It looks like a beautiful, sunny day is coming up. I’m grateful her Dad is taking them on this special outing, too. Also, I am grateful for a quiet day here today with no kids home! Looking forward to getting a lot done. And peace. And quiet. 😊