Ready or Not

Anna and red boards

Photo: Julia Ozab

It’s the first day of third grade. She’s ready … I’m not.

It’s her first ride to school on the bus. She’s ready … I’m not.

It’s Monday through Friday out of the house after three months of summer. She’s ready … I’m not.

She talks about what she wants to be when she grows up. She talks about going to college and getting a job. She’s only eight and she’s in a hurry to grow up.

She’s already eight and she’s growing up too fast!

She asks when she can have …

  1. an email account,
  2. a Facebook account,
  3. a driver’s license,
  4. and a credit card.

I tell her …

  1. when she’s nine (and takes the Girl Scout Internet Safety pledge),
  2. when she’s fourteen (and shows she’s mature enough to handle it),
  3. when she’s sixteen (and takes Driver’s Ed),
  4. and when she’s eighteen (and shows she’s responsible with money).

Eighteen? That’s less than ten years!

In ten years, she’ll be an adult. In ten years, she’ll be going to college. It’s too soon for me, and it’s not soon enough for her.

But as much as she wants to hurry up and as much as I want to slow down, we’re both traveling into the future at a constant speed of sixty minutes per hour, and twenty-four hours per day.

The time is coming and it will soon be here.

Ready or not.

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Bloggerhood Etc. 9/8/14

Anna with her backpack on.

Photo: Julia Ozab

Anna starts her first full week of third grade today, and I’m settling into a writing schedule. Time to get to work. First up—the best of the week from around the blogosphere …

Best Back-to-School Post.High School: It’s Her Turn” by Andee Zomerman at Nature of a Servant.

Best Commentary.The Message of Mercy” by Cardinal Walter Kasper at America.

Best Reflection.The Classical Cloud” by Alex Ross at The New Yorker.

Best Cautionary Tale.Here’s Exactly Why MacArthur’s Advice On Gay Children Is So Dangerous” by Benjamin Corey at Formerly Fundie.

Best Profile.A Place to Call Home: The Complicated Story of Colt Lyeria” by Mike Piellucci at SB Nation.

Best Question.What’s so Important—and Stressful—About Family Dinner?” by Alice Callahan at Science of Mom.

Best List.Pothead NFL Logos: What if all 32 NFL Logos Smoked Weed?” by David Rappoccio at Kissing Suzy Kolber (via Not Sports Center).

Most Honest.Death of a Cult Leader OR “How are you doing since your grandfather died?” by Elizabeth Esther.

Most Vulnerable.On Brokenness and Mole-Whacking” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.

Most Hopeful.Teen With Cancer Remixes Jay Z With ‘Bald So Hard,’ Shows How To Laugh When Battling Disease” by Eleanor Goldberg at Huff Post Impact.

Best Special Needs Post.The Other Talk” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Best Essay.The Forsaken: A Rising Number of Homeless Gay Teens Are Being Cast Out by Religious Families” by Alex Morris at Rolling Stone.

Best Video.Product Testing: Flowbee and Poo-Pourri” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

“Have you always wanted to cut your hair with a vacuum cleaner?”

Um … no.

Making New Friends

Anna and her new friend

Waiting for the bus with a new friend.

Anna has been ready to go back to school since her last Girl Scout camp ended on August 15th. It’s been a long two-and-a-half weeks, but the time has finally arrived and she has started third grade!

Tuesday morning, we visited her new classroom and met her new teacher during the Meet and Greet. She found her desk, and was glad to see that she was sitting next to a friend from her second grade class. He also sat next to her last year, so seeing the familiar name next to hers helped calm down her jitters.

Then she met a new friend, a girl who was new to Anna’s elementary school this year. We told her that Anna had been in the same situation last year. They started chatting, and before long Anna started introducing her to the other kids she knew as she came in. It was such a thoughtful gesture.

On the way home she said how nice it would be if her new friend rode the bus with her this year. This is Anna’s first year riding the bus to school (long story) and as much as she was looking forward to it, I think she was a bit apprehensive as well.

I told her it was possible, but not to be disappointed. We had no idea where her new friend lives.

So yesterday morning, Julia and I walked Anna to meet the bus. And who did we see walking up the street as we reached the corner? Her new friend, together with her mom and older sister. Anna was so excited to see her and they chatted away until the bus came. Then they sat together and rode to school.

Anna had a great first day. She likes her new teacher and her classroom. She saw her best friend at recess, along with some other friends who are in different classes this year.

And she made a new friend who lives right around the corner from us. A friend she gets to ride the bus with, and see in class. A friend that’s only a short walk away.

That’s a great start to a new school year!

Bloggerhood Etc. 9/1/14

Norv Turner loss map

The saddest map in the world (Image: SB Nation)

Happy Labor Day, Happy September, and Happy Back-to-School. There’s a busy week ahead, but let’s take a breath first and look back. Here’s the best of the week from around the blogosphere …

Best List.24 Maps That Explain the NFL” by Ryan Van Bibber at SB Nation.

Best Thank You.On Labor Day, 2014” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Funniest Vacation Post.Hillbilly Vacation” by The Furry Bard.

Best Non-Shaggy Dog Story.Dog Days of August” by Matt Norman at And So It Has Come to This …

Best Summer Project.I Know What You Doodled Last Summer” by Brent Almond at Designer Daddy.

Most Disturbing.A Tale of Two 9-Year Olds: The One on the Playground and the One With an Uzi” by Aaron Gouveia at Time.com.

Best ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.Homer Simpson Ice Bucket Challenge” (via YouTube).

Best Question.Am I My Brother’s Gatekeeper” by Elisabeth Esther.

Best Photogallery.Oregon Explored: Astoria and the Columbia River Basin” by Evelyn Shoop at Momsicle.

Best Back to School Post.Lord Help Me! It’s Time for School Again!” by Kelly Langston at Not Alone.

Best Example of “Love Your Enemies.”Henry Gerecke, Minister To Nazis During Nuremberg Trials, Examined By Tim Townsend In New Book” by Kimberly Winston at Huff Post Religion.

Best Time Waste. “Benedict Cumberbatch Name Generator.” at Tumblr. (My favorite? “Bentobox Capncrunch.”)

Best Article.Care for Persons, Care for Planet” by Daniel R. Delio MTS at CHAUSA.org.

Best Idea.Catholic Kids Love Summer ‘Chant Camp’” by Joseph Pronechen at National Catholic Register.

Best Essay.The Right Thing to Do vs. The State of Florida” by Michael Kruse at SB Nation.

Best Video.Worst Game Show Ever!” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube)

“Circle gets the square!”

Bloggerhood Etc. 8/25/14

Football vs. Handegg

“Johnny Handegg” (via Google Image search)

A tale of two quarterbacks and a whole lot more in this week’s walk around the blogosphere …

Best Open Letter.Crash Course for Johnny Football” by Matt Tullis at SB Nation.

Best Dad Post.The Wrong Way to Support Your Wife’s Breastfeeding” by John Kinnear at Huff Post Parents.

Best Mom Post.Why Our Kids Date (and Don’t Court)” by Mary DeMuth.

Best Answer to a Bad Question.If You’re Asking ‘What’s In It for Me?’ Then You’re In the Wrong Business…” by Amanda Palmer at Digital Music News.

Best Special Needs Post.Unwanted Monsters” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Best Back-to-School Rant.It’s Back-to-School for First Lieutenant Room Moms of the New Motherhood Order” by Elizabeth Esther.

Best Imagery.We All Face the Sun Together” by Tamara Lunardo at A Deeper Story.

Most Inspiring.How These Teen Transplant Recipients Thanked the Hospital That Saved Their Lives” by Cate Matthews at Huff Post Teen.

Best Sports List.Football Leagues Ranked” by Rex Crum.

Best Non-Sports List.Every State in the USA, Ranked by its Beer” by Ben Robinson, Andy Kryza, and Matt Lynch at ThrillList.

Best Epiphany.The Yellow Dream” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.

Greatest Epic.The Tim Tebow CFL Chronicles” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.

Most Honest Video.The Expendables” by Honest Trailers (via YouTube).

“All I really wanted to see was these guys trade one-liners … never mind.”