By Margot | October 4, 2011
We are settling in to the school year. The boys are busy with soccer and basketball. Andy is running for safety officer (one of the two positions you can run for as a third grader). Maybe his nickname of ”The Mayor” will come true some day. He’s so excited and nervous about it and we worked on his speech last night and will start on posters this weekend. Seems like a lot of work for Mom I told him this morning that if he doesn’t win (since he’s so nervous about it) at least we can console ourselves with the fact that we can still be a little late on assembly days instead of having to get there early for student council. Andy loves his new teacher Mrs. Brauch and I like her a lot too. I can tell she “gets” Andy. He made it through his tonsil surgery fine, though it was a lot more painful for him than I expected and it took a full week for him to recover. Being in Children’s Hospital sitting next to him with the pole and the pump and the works was a “return to Vietnam-like” experience. I almost physically pushed the orderly out of the way who was trying to say that he had to push the pole so Andrew could go to the bathroom. I felt like telling him, “Do you have any idea how many times I’ve pushed this pole and how many crazy machinations I’ve done with it to get places and do things with Sam?” But I didn’t.
Charlie boy has had some drama this year. He was happily ensconced in kindergarten and doing very well and happy and then because of the large class sizes, they pulled him out the second week and put him in a K-1 combination class. He had a hard time the first few days and there were a lot of tears and I got all in an uproar and met with everyone to try and move him back and then he came home and said he wanted to stay in the K-1 class. Last week Neil was calling him Ferris Buehler because he gave himself a couple of days off with a phantom stomach ache that mysteriously dissappeared when he walked out of the school office doors. Neil said when he went to check on him every teacher in the school and parents kept asking, “How is Charlie?” and he felt like Ferris’s sister as he answered, “He’s fine!” He is settling in this week and seems to be happy. I’m trying to volunteer in the early morning at least one day a week to keep tabs on him as he’s in class with some seven year olds. He’s made good friends at recess though and likes his Monday after school mad science.
Halloween is approaching and it will bring our second holiday season without Sam. Halloween was his favorite and we would start getting ready for it really early. We will carve a pumpkin for him of course and put up his favorite decorations if I can stomach it. Andrew wants to be Messi (the soccer player) like Sam was Beckham and Charlie is going to be a Ninja again.
Neil and I are staying afloat, staying busy working and parenting. I ran the Max’s Lemon Run a couple of weeks ago and got to meet Jay Scott of Alex’s Lemonade Stand. A great and funny guy.
Please keep remembering Sam. I’ve been getting a bit panicky lately that as time goes by it will just be us who remember our amazing, funny boy.