Between David’s work schedule and my late pregnancy doctor’s appointments and nesting tendencies, September was a pretty crazy month for us. We did not, however, completely neglect our older children. To prove we were paying attention, allow me to share their September highlights:
Jack turned nine. This was a two-day event. On the fifteenth we had friends over for hamburgers and cupcakes. The sixteenth, Jack’s actual birthday, was just a family affair. I made Jack pancakes for lunch, and then he waited for Dad to get home from work before opening his cards and gifts. His main gift was a pair of roller blades because there are a few months of the year here in Western New York when it is not cold enough to ice skate outside.
Upon seeing his brother in action, Thomas decided that he needed some roller blades too. He used some of his saved money and earned the rest by painting the outside trim around our porch. Now both Jack and Tom can use their roller blades to practice hockey in our driveway.
Aside from painting and buying roller blades, the highlight of Tom’s September was his participation at the Springwater Fiddlers’ Fair. He attended this with the other members of the BSS Fiddle Club, and he was all smiles when he got home. The BSS group played two sets, and in between I think they ate a lot of sugar and generally had a good time. This was one of Tom’s first trips without either David or myself, and I think it’s safe to say he enjoyed himself thoroughly.
David may have been busy, and I may have been nesting, but it is evident that, no, we did not forget our older children. It is also evident that, yes, they really are getting older: having birthdays, earning money, going off without Mom or Dad. It’s a privilege to observe and enjoy these older years while also cherishing the younger ones.