Highlights of today:
- Sara voluntarily introduced me to her friends at the picnic. That was a really pleasant surprise for me. Then one of her other friends recognized me from a trip to the mall (I am one of those medieval parents who won't let my kids run free in the mall-I go with them) and actually came up and gave me a hug. Voluntary, positive attention from teens always makes me happy.
- Evan was terrified (several of my kids have my fear of crowds) and discouraged and out of breath and feeling stupid because he didn't know how to do what the coach asked, but he jumped back in anyway. What a trooper.
- The other adults at swim team practice and all of the darling teen-aged coaches were so kind to Evan and encouraged and praised him. A couple of these stellar folks even got him to smile through his frustration. That warmed my heart.
- My friend and I got to walk and talk in the golden afternoon light. That is always a good thing.