Thursday, September 4, 2014
Good Times With Jill Bug
There were a few moments of redemption though, one of which was the Whiteaker Block Party. No camera in the world could catch the feeling of this place. I imagine that it is similar to being at Burning Man but with a little bit more clothing. She also got to be there for the first episode of Bachelor in Paradise with the Hot Mamas which is a lot more fun that it sounds.
We also had a picnic on the beach that coincided with a ridiculous amount of wind. Luckily we were able to hunker down in the last remaining driftwood shelter in Florence. The Spaghetti salad that we hauled in our cooler still tasted great even with a little bit of sand flavoring.
They would cheer up for a second or two immediately after eating something sugary, but then it would descend into a deeper funk.
Daisy got me back once we got into the car and she threw the one she was holding from the back seat of the van. Her aim was better than I would have expected and it splattered all over the back of my head. Bits of ice and sugar syrup flew all over. I was completely shocked. Daisy is usually a pretty even tempered kid. It was like the sno-cone represented 4 years of holding back and it came out in one ugly act. First everything went silent and then Jill and I just looked at each other and finally kind of burst out laughing. I don't even know what you can do when your kid throws a sno-cone at your head. This is serious business. We drove in a weird, tense silence until we got to the airport where we said goodbye to Jill. I really wanted to get on the plane with her and give up on parenting forever. When we got home I sent Daisy to her room and she fell asleep for 5 hours. When she woke up she just kind of shrugged her shoulders about the whole thing. We moved on.
I sent a text to my mom that said, "Sorry that Jill for sure won't want to give you any more grandchildren after spending so much time with my kids."
Before her plane took off she sent me this picture.
That is when I realized that she really understands what it is like having children. You just forget the crap and remember how sweet they all were for that one moment.
I love living in this place but I just wish that I got to hang out more with my sister. She is the best.
Posted by Marci at 4:42 PM