• Mental Horizons,  Random

    Finding Community

    “What do you think it will take for Geoff to want to move here?” a good friend asked me. We were sitting in a covered area next to a brewery at a picnic table finishing up the french fries the kids had left in their rush to get back to climbing trees. Even Skye was running around, following the older kids to the tree and circling the bottom, observing how they climbed. It was a fair question. I knew I loved the area and, if we had to quasi-settle, it would be where I chose, but it also needed to be somewhere Geoff would love, too. My answer, finally, came…

  • Mental Horizons

    Going to the Ballet

    “There’s another toddler here,” I notice her while we’re standing in line to pick up our tickets. There are lots of well-dressed adults and plenty of adorable little girls running around, but Skye is the youngest we’ve seen. I’m mildly relieved I’m not the only mother in the area who brings her kid to the ballet. We slid into our seats right before the orchestra started, realizing we were sitting right next to the percussion section. At first, Skye jerked every time the drum hit or the cymbals crashed, but then she got into the flow of music and was just fascinated by watching them play. Then the curtains came…

  • Mental Horizons

    Ballerina

    Proof that advertising on TV works. Skye is watching Big Bang Theory with my parents while I’m in another room working. All of a sudden, I hear tiny feet tearing down the hallway. “Ballerina!!! I want ballerina!!” Skye runs up to me all excited. I slide out of my chair and walk into the TV room. “What does she want?” I ask. While I can understand what she’s saying most of the time, now, often the context is lost. “The Koger Center is doing Swan Lake this Friday,” my mom says. Apparently they’d played a TV commercial. “Look it up and see if the date is right and what the…