In Which the Sun Returns to Ass Crack

Posted: March 17, 2010 in Aengus
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Can you hear those birdies tweeting? Can you smell the laundry on the line? Can you feel the warmth of the sun?

That’s right, spring has finally returned to the Valley. I have never — NOT EVER — liked winter, but this one seems to have been the worst in a looooong time. Not that it was cold, mind you; I’d guess this was a far warmer-than-average winter. And not because of all the precipitation, though god knows we had a LOT of snow and a LOT of rain.

No, I’m singing at the top of lungs because the sun has come out! In winter, I celebrate each and every sunny day, which infuses my soul with energy in an otherwise lethargic season. But come spring, when the sun also brings warmth with it, I’m downright ecstatic.

{sigh} If only we still had our hammock. What a perfect day to lay about, like a cat, in the sun. Bliss.

I’ve got Aengus here, though, so there wasn’t much laying about today. That’s okay: we played outside for quite a while. We played a little one-on-one basketball, followed by a quick soccer match and a hunt for birds’ nests. Then we sat on the deck with our snacks and played several lively hands of “Go Fish.” Then, while I pushed him on the swing, I gave him a few words to spell. He’s still doing mostly three letter words, but he’s is definitely getting better at them. His comfort with words has risen considerably since fall.

He also asked me a lot about our end-of-year assessment, required of homeschoolers here in VA. I’m trying to convince him to go with the CAT test, since it’s the cheapest and quickest option. But remember how competitive he is? Well, that extends to personal expectations, i.e. perfection. I’ve told him repeatedly that he’d have to score abysmally low to have any problems with the school, and even if he did (which he won’t), we’d have a year of “probation” before the superintendent would even consider making him go to school.

But of course, he’s aiming for 100% and is stressing that he won’t achieve it.


Stay tuned.

  1. Stephanie says:

    James gets really freaked out over the CAT every year. The kid has a total “if I make a mistake it means I suck” mentality. 😦

  2. Janell says:

    Thanks for the CAT reminder. Hey, even A.J. made one or two mistakes on the CAT last year, and he has a fantastic memory! Don’t know that that helps, but there you go. Nobody’s perfect. Oh, and I’m with you on the spring thing, Adesa. It’s been a looong winter. It’s so nice to sit outside and play basketball with the kids and not want to shiver!

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