After all my angst last week about not having a career and being just a stay-at-home mom, I've had such a lovely week being just that. Sister and Bean have required rather intense parenting lately--very hard and tantrum-inducing math homework from the one and games of demand-then-refuse-then-demand from the other have been absorbing to say the least. But I've been sort of giving in to it lately. I don't mean giving in to them, but rather giving in to them needing the attention because they're little. I sometimes forget that Sister especially is still a little girl. She can do many things on her own, but at 8-1/2 she is still little.
Lest I pat myself on the back too much for being grown-up enough to maintain my equilibrium in such a stellar fashion, I should also mention that I've spent the 2 hours of Bean's daily naptime this week gardening. This is exactly why my attitude has been transformed. It's been in the 60's during the days here, and while the official frost date of this part of NC is April 15th, I can just feel that the weather balance has tipped towards spring now. No more hard frosts, and maybe not even any light ones. I'll probably hold off on the zinnias and the tomatoes, but I've put in many, many plants in our new backyard landscape. I'm looking forward to putting up before and after pictures once things are in their full growing prime. I can't tell you how lovely it feels to have a garden again. I don't even miss my old garden!