Whenever I care for someone small during the day, my kids always figure out that fact when they walk in the door and see the toys and books that are still out. The first question is, "Who was over playing today?" Then they ask if the little one is still here and are usually disappointed when they're not. They are sweet in that way. An advantage of being the oldest cousins perhaps. They really enjoy younger kids.
Today the clue was the play-doh out on the table. Earlier in the day, my young friend and I had a blast with the play-doh, and I hadn't cleaned it up entirely. When Evan saw it on the table, he immediately went to the drawer and got out his favorite play-doh tool from his younger days-the garlic press. He and Sara made "noodles" for a good half hour and then when Ev got home from scouts, he made some more. It was fun to watch them take a break from hours of GT homework and emails and video games and get lost in simple play for a few minutes. They just grow up too dang fast.
Today, the catalog count was 6. The deluge has become a comparative trickle. The unusual catalog today was called Cloudveil. At first I thought it was my Patagonia catalog, which I've never ordered from but drool over like an issue of National Geographic. It is similar in look, feel and price. They don't have the front-end, high-visibility environmental comitment that Patagonia has, but it looks like nice stuff. I hope I get a few more really weird ones to laugh about. I am in awe of the power of the sale of mailing lists.